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1874 Louis T. Wigfall (South Carolina-born Secessionist; U.S. Senator from Texas) South Carolina Political & Social Leaders Texas Political & Social Leaders Racism U.S. Congress Texas State Historical Association
1894 Paul Williams (Los Angeles-born African-American Architect) Paul Williams Architecture Noted African American Artists
1931 Toni Morrison (Ohio-born African-American Author; 1993 Nobel Laureate for Literature) Toni Morrison Notable African American Authors 1993 Nobel Laureate for Literature
1934 Audre Lorde (New York City-born African-American Poet) Audre Lorde Poetry Notable African American Poets
1938 Manny Mota (Dominican Republic Major League Baseball Player) Dominican Republic Sports Figures Baseball Hispanic Sports Figures ESPN
1950 Bebe Moore Campbell (Pennsylvania-born African-American Journalist, Educator, Children's Author) Pennsylvania Authors Journalism Educator of Note Young-adult Authors African American Authors African American Registry
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1833 With the Signing of the Treaty of Maumee, the U.S. Government Pays the Ottawa Indians $29,440 to Give Up Their Claims to Lands in Ohio Ohio U.S. Government Ottawa Economics Historic U.S. Documents Ohio Historical Society
1943 The First Flight-Nurse Class of the United States Army Air Forces Graduates at Bowman Field, Kentucky Kentucky Women in World War II Aviation Military History World War II Historic Firsts U.S. Army Texas State Historical Association
1970 Five of the Chicago Seven Defendants Are Found Guilty of Intent to Incite a Riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention Chicago Seven 1968 Democratic Presidential Conventions Human Rights/Civil Rights Crime Law and Legal Resources New York Times
2006 Speed Skater Shani Davis Is First African-American to Win as Individual Gold Medal at a Winter Olympics Chicago Sports Figures Speed Skating 2006 Torino Winter Olympics Historic Firsts African-American Sports Figures African American Registry

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