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


1797 Gerrit Smith (New York-born Philanthropist, Abolitionist) New York Political and Social Leaders Philanthropy Abolition African American Registry
1838 Benjamin William Arnett, Jr. (Pennsylvania-born African-American Religious, Political and Educational Leader) Pennsylvania Political and Social Leaders Religious Leaders Politics African-American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
1927 Wes Montgomery (Indiana-born African-American Jazz Guitarist) Indiana Performing Artists Jazz Popular Musicians Famous African Americans African American Registry
1936 Marion Barry (Mississippi-born African-American Mayor of Washington, D.C.) Mississippi Political and Social Leaders Washington, D.C. Political and Social Leaders Politics African-American Political and Social Leaders
1941 Willie Stargell (Oklahoma-born African-American Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Oklahmoa Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures Seminole Indians African American Registry
1966 Maurice Ashley (Jamaican-born African-American Chess Grand Master) Jamaican Sports Figuress Chess African American Sports Figures African American Registry
1972 Shaquille O'Neal (New Jersey-born African-American Professional Basketball Player) Shaquille O'Neal Basketball Famous African Americans
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1973 Pearl S. Buck (American Author) Pearl S. Buck American Authors Asian-American Literature
2006 Kirby Puckett (Chicago-born African-American Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Chicago Sports Figures Baseball Famous African Americans
1820 Missouri Enabling Act Forbids Creation of Northern Slave States U.S. Congress Slavery Missouri Compromise W.W. Norton
1837 Florida's Seminole Chiefs Agree to Cease Hostilities and to Relocate in Oklahoma Florida Oklahoma Seminole Indians Florida Historical Society
1857 In Dred Scott v Standford, U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Slaves Are Not Citizens Law and Legal Resources Slavery African-American Heritage DRED SCOTT v. SANDFORD Minnesota Historical Society
1862 Lincoln Recommends to Congress Compensation for States Willing to Gradually Emancipate Slaves U.S. Congress Abraham Lincoln Slavery Economics of Slavery Emancipation Proclamation Lincoln Papers
At New York's Cooper Institute, James A. Hamilton, Son of Alexander Hamilton, Presides at a Meeting Supporting Emancipation New York City Slavery Emancipation Proclamation New York Historical Society
Episcopal Bishop Henry B. Whipple Writes a Letter to President Abraham Lincoln on Behalf of the Indians of Minnesota Minnesota Abraham Lincoln Religion Native American Heritage Minnesota Historical Society
1882 Virginia State University Is Chartered by the State Legislature Virginia Education African American Heritage Virginia State University HBCU Network African American Registry
1946 The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules That Primus E. King, an African American, May Vote in the Georgia Democratic Primary Georgia Voting Rights Human Rights/Civil Rights Law African-American Heritage Georgia Historical Society
1964 Elijah Muhammad Renames Cassius Clay, Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali Elijah Muhammad Famous African Americans Islam University of Georgia
1990 Jennifer Capriati (13 yrs 11 m) Is the Youngest Professional Tennis Tournament Finalist Jennifer Capriati Tennis Child Advocacy New York Times
1994 First Women Are Assigned to Permanent Duty on U.S. Combat Ship Naval History Women Women in the Military Historic Firsts PBS TV News Archive

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