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FEBRUARY 19

1871 Lugenia Burns Hope (Missouri-born Civil Rights Advocate) Lugenia Burns Hope Civil Rights African American Political and Social Leaders
1880 Roscoe Harrison (North Carolina-born African-American West Virginia Physician, Hospital Founder) North Carolina Scientists & Mathematicians West Virginia Scientists & Mathematicians Medical Profession African-American Scientists & Mathematicians West Virginia Archives
1902 John Bubbles (Kentucky-born African-American Dancer, Entertainer) John Bubbles Dance Famous African Americans
1940 Smokey Robinson (Detroit-born African-American Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) Smokey Robinson Rock and Roll Hall of Fame African American Performing Artists
1945 Clifton L. Taulbert (Mississippi-born African-American Author) Mississippi Authors American Authors African-American Authors Official Web Site Mississippi Writers Project
1952 Amy Tan (California-born Asian-American Author) Amy Tan Asian American Authors
1957 Dave Stewart (California-born Baseball Player) California Sports Figures Baseball African American Sports Figures
1967 Benicio Del Toro (Puerto Rican-born Actor) Puerto Rican Performing Artists Actors Film Latin-American Studies Biography.com
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1936 John Hope (First African-American President of Morehouse College: 1906-1931) Georgia Political and Social Leaders Educator's of Note African-American Political and Social Leaders Morehouse College University of Georgia
2002 Virginia Hamilton (Ohio-born Children's Author) Virginia Hamilton Young-adult Authors Famous African Americans
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1838 Illinois Native, Rachel Plummer, Rejoins Her Husband After Being Held Captive by Comanches for More Than a Year Illinois Pioneers and Explorers Commanche Indians Westward Expansion Texas State Historical Association
1858 Nisqually Chief Leschi Is Hanged for Murder at Washington State's Fort Steilacoom Washngton Nisqually Indians Capital Punishment History Link
1919 W.E.B. Dubois Organizes First Pan-African Congress in Paris to Influence Peace Talks W.E.B Dubois Pan-African Congress World War I University of Georgia
1942 President Franklin Roosevelt Signs Executive Order 9066 Directing the Internment of Japanese Americans President Franklin Roosevelt Japanese Americans World War II History Channel History Link
1977 Stevie Wonder Wins Grammys for Best Album and for Best Male Pop Vocalist Michigan Performing Artists Blindness African-American Performing Artists Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Grammy Awards History Channel
1988 Louisiana Native Curtis Guillory Is Installed as the First African-American Catholic Bishop in Texas Louisiana Political and Social Leaders Texas Political and Social Leaders Catholicism African-American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts Texas State Historical Association
2002 Vonetta Flowers Is the First African-American to Win a Gold Medal in a Winter Olympics 2002 Winter Olympic Games African-American Sports Figures African American Registry CNNSI

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