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1844 James O'Hara (New York City-born African-American U.S. Congressman from North Carolina) New York City Political and Social Leaders North Carolina Political and Social Leaders African-American Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress African-American Registry
1928 Antoine "Fats" Domino (New Orleans-born African-American Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) Fats Domino African American Performing Artists Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
1933 Godfrey Cambridge (New York City-born African-American Comedic Actor) New York City Performing Artists Actors Television Film African American Performing Aritsts African-American Registry
1937 Sharon Bell Mathis (New Jersey-born African-American Children's Author) Sharon Bell Mathis Primary Fiction Young-adult Fiction African American Authors & Illustrators
1943 Bill Duke (New York-born African American Actor, Director, Producer) New York Performing Artists Actors Television Filmmakers African American Performing Aritsts African-American Registry
1973 Marshall Faulk (Louisiana-born African-American Professional Football Player) Louisiana Sports Figures Football St. Louis Rams Famous African Americans
1976 Ja Rule (New York City-born African-American Rap Musician) New York City Performing Artists Popular Musicians African American Performing Artists Biography.com
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1869 Congress Proposes the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution for Ratification U.S. Congress 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Voting Civil Rights Emory University
1871 Indians Kidnap 8 & 10-year-old Brothers While Herding Sheep Near San Antonio, Texas San Antonio, Texas Comanche Indians FAmily and Community Crime Texas State  Historical Association
1872 Cookman Institute Is Founded in Jacksonville, Florida Florida Education African-American History Bethune-Cookman College African-American Registry
1917 In Delaware, a Bill Giving Women the Right to Vote Fails in the State Senate Delaware Women Women's Suffrage State of Delaware
1926 Theodore "Tiger" Flowers Is the First African American to Win Boxing's World Middleweight Championship Tiger Flowers Boxing Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures Historic Firsts University of Georgia
1946 African-American Heman Sweatt Requests Admission to the Segregated University of Texas Law School Texas Education Education Law and Legal Resources African-American Heritage University of Texas Law School Texas State  Historical Association
1977 Texas Farm Workers Union Members Begin 420-mile March to Austin to Lobby for the Right to Vote on Union Representation Texas Business Farming and Agriculture Labor Voting Human Rights/Civil Rights Texas State  Historical Association

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