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FEBRUARY 17

1902 Marian Anderson (Pennsylvania-born African-American Operatic Singer) Marian Anderson Opera Famous African American Performing Artists
1936 Jim Brown (Georgia-born African-American Member of the Professional Football hall of Fame) Jim Brown Famous African American Sports Figures Football Hall of Fame
1938 Mary Frances Berry (Tennessee-born African-American Lawyer, Educator, Rights Activist) Tennessee Political and Social Leaders Educators of Note Human Rights/Civil Rights African American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
1941 Wellington Webb (Chicago-born First African-American Mayor of Denver, Colorado) Denver, Colorado Chicago Political & Social Leaders Politics African American Political & Social Leaders African American Registry
1942 Huey P. Newton (Louisiana-born African-American Rights Activist; Founder and Leader of the Black Panther Party) Louisiana Political & Social Leaders U.S. Civil Rights Famous African American Political & Social Leaders African American Registry
1962 Lou Diamond Phillips (American Actor) Philippino Performing Artists Actors Film Hispanic Perfroming Artists Internet Movie Database
1963 Michael Jordan (New York City-born African-American Professional Basketball Player) Michael Jordan Famous African American Sports Figures Basketball
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1898 Frances E. Willard (New York-born Temperance and Women's Suffrage Activist) New York Political and Social Leaders Drugs and Substance Abuse Women's Rights Women's Suffrage Concordia
1909 Geronimo (Apache Warrior, Chief) Geronimo Native-American Studies
1982 Thelonious Monk (North Carolina-born African-American Jazz Pianist, Composer) Thelonious Monk Jazz American Composers Noted African American Performing Artists
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1820 U.S. Senate Passes the Missouri Compromise Missouri Maine U.S. Senate The Missouri Compromise History Channel
1863 President Lincoln Transmits to Congress a Treaty with the Potawatomi Indians in Kansas Kansas U.S. Congress Abraham Lincoln Potawatomi Indians Lincoln Papers
West Virginia's Constitutional Convention Adopts Amendment for Gradual Emancipation West Virginia Slavery Historic U.S. Documents West Virginia Archives
1864 The First Michigan Colored Infantry Is Mustered into Federal Service Michigan Military Figures American Civil War African American Military Figures State of Michigan
1870 Wyoming's Esther Hobart Morris Is First Woman to be Appointed Justice of the Peace Wyoming Political and Social Leaders Law & Legal Resources Women Historic Firsts Wyoming State Government
1894 The Seattle Branch of the Young Women's Christian Association Is Founded Seattle, Washington Women Historic Firsts YWCA of Seattle History Link
1929 The League of United Latin American Citizens Is Founded in Corpus Christi, Texas Corpus Christi, Texas Hispanic Heritage League of United Latin American Citizens Texas State Historical Association
1959 First Boy Is enrolled at Florida Sheriffs' Ranch Founded for Homeless Boys 8-18 Years of Age Florida Child Advocacy Historic Firsts Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches Florida Historical Society
1960 Alabama Prosecutors Issue an Arrest Warrant for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for State Tax Fraud Alabama Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Crime Taxes African-American Heritage University of Georgia
1973 USS Jesse L. Brown Is Commissioned in Honor of the first African-American Naval Aviator Jesse L. Brown Aviatiors Korean War African American Military Figures African American Registry
1974 A Portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Is Unveiled at the Georgia State Capitol Georgia Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Art African-American Heritage University of Georgia

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