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

FEBRUARY 27

1880 Angelina Grimke (Massachusetts-born Playwright, Poet, Abolitionist, Suffragist) Massachusetts Authors & Illustrators Poetry Plays African American Authors African American Registry
1890 Mabel Keaton Staupers (African-American Nurse Who Helped End the Segregation of Nurses in the U.S. Military) Mabel Keaton Staupers Medicine World War II African-American Scientists & Mathematicians
1907 Mildred Bailey (Washington-born African-American Jazz Singer) Washington Performing Artists Jazz African American Performing Artists
1923 Dexter Gordon (Los Angeles-born African-American Jazz Saxophonist) Los Angeles Performing Artists Jazz African American Performing Artists African American Registry
1934 N(avarre) Scott Momaday (Oklahoma-born Native-American Awarded the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, "House Made of Dawn") Oklahoma Authors & Illustrators Kiowa Indians 1969 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, House made of Dawn American Collection
1942 Charlayne Hunter (South Carolina-born Broadcast Journalist; First African-American to Attend the University of Georgia) South Carolina Political & Social Leaders Human Rights/Civil Rights Journalism African-American Political and Social Leaders University of Georgia
1961 James Worthy (North Carolina-born African-American Member of the Basketball Hall of Fame) North Carolina Sports Figures African American Sports Figures Basketball Hall of Fame
1976 Tony Gonzalez (California-born Latin-American Professional Football Player) Tony Gonzalez Football Latin American Sports Figures
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
2003 Fred Rogers (Pennsylvania-born Minister with a Television Show for Children: Mr. Rogers) Fred Rogers Child Advocacy Educators of Note Television
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1850 South Texas Separatists Proclaim Territory of the Rio Grande Texas Hispanic Heritage Texas State Historical Association
1853 The First African-American YMCA is Organized in Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. YMCA African-American History Historic Firsts African American Registry
1865 President Lincoln Sends to Congress a Treaty with Modoc and Klamuth Indians of Oregon Oregon U.S. Congress Abraham Lincoln Historic American Doucments Modoc Indians Lincoln Papers
1922 U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Women's Right to Vote Supreme Court 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Women's Suffrage Voting History Channel
1962 Martin Luther King and Ralph Abernathy Are Tried for Their Dec. 16 Demonstration in Albany, Georgia Albany, Georgia Ralph Abernathy Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights/Civil Rights Law and Legal Resources African-American Heritage University of Georgia
1973 American Indian Movement (AIM) Begins Wounded Knee Siege South Dakota Native-American Studies U.S. History History Channel
1988 Debi Thomas First African American to Win a Winter Olympic Medal Olympics Figure Skating African-American History Historic Firsts New York Times African American Registry

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