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FEBRUARY 20

1805 Angelina Grimke (South Carolina-born Abolitionist, Suffragist) South Carolina Political and Social Leaders Abolition Women's Suffrage
1908 Ruby Elzy (Mississippi-born African-American Operatic Vocalist) Mississippi Performing Artists Opera African American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database African African Registry
1898 Jimmy Yancey (Chicago-born African-American Boogie-Woogie Pianist; Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) Jimmy Yancey Jazz African American Performing Artists Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
1924 Sidney Poitier (Florida-born African-American Awarded 1964 Academy Award for Lead Male Actor) Sidney Poitier Actors Film African American Performing Artists 1964 Academy Award for Lilies of the Field
1928 Bettye Miller (Missouri-born African-American Singer) Missouri Performing Artists Popular Musicians Famous African Americans African African Registry
1937 Nancy Wilson (Ohio-born African-American Popular Singer) Ohio Performing Artists Popular Musicians Famous African Americans African African Registry
1941 Buffy Sainte-Marie (Canadian Native-American Folk Singer, Songwriter) Canadian Performing Artists Cree Indians Folk Musicians Internet Movie Database
1963 Charles Barkley (Alabama-born African-American Professional Basketball Player) Alabama Sports Figures Basketball African-American Sports Figures
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1895 Frederick Douglass (Maryland-born African-American Slave, Journalist, Civil Rights Activist) Frederick Douglass Slavery Civil Rights/Human Rights Journalism African-American Political and Social Leaders
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1725 New Hampshire Colonists Scalp a Band of Encamped Native Americans New Hampshire Colonial New Hampshire Native American Heritage History Channel
1839 Seminole Indians Kill Two Members of the 3rd U.S. Artillery Near Fort Lauderdale, Florida Fort Lauderdale, Florida Seminole Indians Death Florida Historical Society
1854 Georgia Legislation Limits Use of White Child Labor Under 21 from Sunrise to Sunset Georgia Child Advocacy Child Labor Laws and Legal Resources University of Georgia
1863 President Lincoln Spends Morning Meeting Chiefs of Chippewa Indians Abraham Lincoln Chippewa Indians Lincoln Papers
1869 Tennessee Governor Brownlow Declares Martial Law in Ku Klux Klan Crisis Tennessee Racism Law and Legal Resources Notorious Americans TNGenWeb
1871 Texas' Governor Declares Martial Law to Control Racial Violence in Walker County Walker County, Texas Racism Law and Legal Resources Walker County, Texas Texas State Historical Association
1874 Texas State Senate Confirms the Election of Former Slave, Walter Moses Burton Texas Political and Social Leaders Slavery Elections African-American Political and Social Leaders Texas State Historical Association
1943 The All-American Girls Baseball League Is Formed with Franchises in Kenosha and Racine, Wisconsin Wisconsin Sports Figures American Women Sports Figures Baseball Wisconsin Historical Society
1960 In Richmond Virginia, a Woolworth's Department Store Closes Its Lunch Counter Rather Than Serve 34 African-American Students From Virginia Union University Richmond Virginia Racism Human Rights/Civil Rights African-American Registry Virginia Historical Society Virginia Historical Society
1970 Georgia Legislature Finally Ratifies the 19th Amendment Granting Women the Right to Vote Georgia Women Women's Suffrage 19th Amendment University of Georgia
1971 Idi Amin Takes Political Control of Uganda Idi Amin African African Registry

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