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FEBRUARY 12

1855 Fannie Barrier Williams (New York-born African-American Social Reformer, co-Founder of the National League of Colored Women) Fannie Barrier Williams Civil Rights/Human Rights African Americans Political and Social Figures
1905 Todd Duncan (Kentucky-born African-American Operatic Baritone) Kentucky Performing Artists Opera African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1907 Roberta Martin (Arkansas-born African-American Gospel Singer, Pianist, Composer, Publisher) Roberta Martin Gospel Musicians Famous African Americans
1934 Bill Russell (Louisiana-born African-American Member of the Basketball Hall of Fame) Bill Russell Famous African Americans Basketball Hall of Fame
1956 Arsenio Hall (Ohio-born African-American Television Host) Ohio Performing Artists Television Famous African-Americans Biography.com
1964 Jacqueline Woodson (Ohio-born African-American Children's Author) Jacqueline Woodson Young-adult Authors Famous African Americans
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1869 Isaac Burns Murphy (Kentucky-born African-American Jockey: 3-time Winner of the Kentucky Derby) Kentucky Sports Figures Horse Racing African-American Sports Figures
1983 Eubie Blake (Maryland African-American Ragtime Composer, Pianist) Eubie Blake American Composers Famous African Americans
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1793 U.S. Congress Passes First Fugitive Slave Law Making It Illegal to Protect an Escaped Slave U.S. Congress Slavery Law and Legal Resources The History Channel
1825 Lower Creek Chiefs Sign the Treaty of Indian Springs Ceding All Remaining Creek Lands in Georgia Georgia Creek Indians Historic U.S. Documents University of Georgia
1865 Henry Garnett Is the First African American to Preach in the House of Representatives U.S. Congress Abraham Lincoln Religion African American History Historic Firsts The History Channel
1870 Women Gain the Right to Vote in the Utah Territory Utah Women's Suffrage Voting The New York Times
1900 Negro Anthem, "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing", Is First Performed for Lincoln Day Abraham Lincoln African American History Music African American Registry
1926 Carter Woodson Initiates the First "Black History Week" Carter Woodson Black History Month Historic Firsts U.S. Census Bureau
1962 Macon, Georgia Bus Boycott Begins U.S. Civil Rights Movement Georgia University of Georgia
1974 In Washington, a Federal Judge Issues Ruling Affirming Native American Treaty Fishing Rights Washington Native American Heritage Law and Legal Resources Business and Economics History Link
1977 Governor Jerry Brown Appoints Rose Bird as the First Female Member of and Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court California American Women Political and Social Leaders Law Historic Firsts Learn California

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