Return Today in the History of America's Diversity Heritage Return

FEBRUARY 21

1894 Andrés Segovia (Spanish Guitarist) Andrés Segovia International Musician Hispanic Heritage
1909 Helen Octavia Dickens (Ohio-born African-American Physician) Ohio Scientists and Mathematicians Medicine African Americans Scientists and Mathematicians African American Registry
1917 Tadd Dameron (Ohio-born African-American Jazz Pianist) Ohio Performing Artists Jazz African American Performing Artists African American Registry
1933 Nina Simone (North Carolina-born African-American Jazz Vocalist, Pianist) Nina Simone Jazz African American Performing Artists
Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve (South Dakota-born Native-American Children's Author) Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve Sioux Indians
1936 Barbara Jordan (Texas-born African-American Member of the U.S. Congress) Barbara Jordan U.S. House of Representatives African American Political and Social Leaders
1940 John Lewis (Alabama-born African-American Civil Rights Activist; Member of the U.S. Congress from Georgia) John Lewis Georgia Political and Social Leaders Civil Rights/Human Rights U.S. House of Representatives African American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry University of Georgia
1954 Victor Martinez (California-born Latin-American Poet, Children's Author) Victor Martinez Poetry Young-adult Authors Latin-American Studies
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1965 Malcolm X (Nebraska-born Civil Rights/Human Rights Activist: Assassination) Malcolm X U.S. Civil Rights Movement Famous African Americans
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1824 Indians of the Santa Barbara Revolt to Protest Mistreatment at Santa Inez and La Purisima Missions California Native American Heritage California Missions La Purisima Missions
1828 The Cherokee Nation Publishes the First Edition of the Cherokee Phoenix Georgia Cherokee Nation Journalism Historic Firsts The History Channel University of Georgia
1838 Angelina Grimké Presents the State Legislature Anti-slavery Petitions Signed by 20,000 Massachusetts Women Massachusetts South Carolina Political and Social Leaders American Women Political and Social Leaders Abolition Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1862 Convicted Slave Trader, Nathaniel Gordon of Maine, Is Executed by Hanging in New York City New York City Notorious Persons of Maine Slavery Capitol Punishment The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
1864 Navajo Indians Led, by Herrero Grande, Surrender to American Troops at Canyon de Chelly Arizona Navajo Indians Canyon de Chelly Native American Holocaust Museum
1866 Lucy Hobbs Is First Woman Graduate from a U.S. Dental School Education Medical Profession Women Historic Firsts New York Times
1943 First Women's Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs) Trainees Arrive at Sweetwater Army Airfield, Texas Texas Women Aviation World War II Historic Firsts Texas State Historical Association
1949 Mary McLeod Bethune Is Granted an Honorary Degree by Rollins College Mary McLeod Bethune Educators of Note African-American Political and Social Leaders Rollins College Florida Historical Society
1956 Alabama Authorities Indict Martin Luther King and Other Leaders of the Montgomery Bus Boycott Montgomery, Alabama Bus Boycott Dr. martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights/Civil Rights Crime University of Georgia
1961 African-American Inventor Otis Boykin Receives Patent #2,972,726 for an Electrical Resistor Texas Scientists & Inventors Patents & Trademarks Inventors & Inventions African American Scientists and Inventors About.com African American Registry
1965 Malcolm X Is Assassinated by 3 Black Muslims in New York City Malcolm X African American Political and Social Death The History Channel New York Times
1970 The Jackson 5 Makes Television Debut on American Bandstand Michael Jackson Popular Musicians Television Famous African Americans Internet Movie Database
1992 California's Kristi Yamaguchi Wins the Olympic Figure-Skating Gold Medal Kristi Yamaguchi Figure Skating 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France Asian-American Sports Figures New York Times
1998 Julian Bond Is Selected as Chairman of the NAACP Julian Bond Human Rights/Civil Rights African-American Political and Social Leaders NAACP CNN

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