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

MARCH 12

1864 Charles Young (Kentucky-born African-American Military Leader, Musician, Writer) Kentucky Military Leaders Spanish American War African American Military Figures African American Registry
Bobby Marshall (Minnesota-born African-American Member of the College Football Hall of Fame) Minnesota Sports Figures College Football Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures African American Registry
1888 Hall Johnson (Georgia-born African-American Choral Director) Georgia Performing Artists Music African-American Performing Artists Internet Broadway Database University of Georgia
1931 William "Buckwheat" Thomas (Los Angeles-born African-American Actor) Los Angeles Performing Artist Actors Film African American Performong Artists Internet Movie Database
1932 Andrew Young (New Orleans-born African-American Statesman, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia) Andrew Young Atlanta, Georgia U.S. Civil Rights United Nations African American Political and Social Leaders
1935 David Kirk (Mississippi-born Religious Leader, Author, Civil Rights Activist) Mississippi Political and Social Leaders Catholicism American Authors Human Rights/Civil Rights Mississippi Writers Project
Andrew Young (New Orleans-born African-American Statesman, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia) Andrew Young Atlanta, Georgia U.S. Civil Rights United Nations African American Political and Social Leaders
1936 Virginia Hamilton (Ohio-born African-American Children's Author) Virginia Hamilton Young-adult Authors African American Authors & Illustrators
1940 Al Jarreau (Wisconsin-born African-American Popular Jazz Vocalist) Wisconsin Performing Artists Jazz African American Performing Artists Biography.com
1956 Diane Gonzales Bertrand (Texas-born Latin-American Novelist, Children's Author) Texas Authors Primary Authors Young-adult Authors Latin-American Authors & Illustrators
Children's Literature James Madison University University of Houston
1963 Randall Kenan (New York City-born African-American Author) New York City Authors African American Authors & Illustrators Tanya Bickley Enterprises University of North Carolina Mississippi Writers Project
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1955 Charlie Parker (Kansas-born African-American Jazz Saxophonist) Charlie Jazz African American Performing Artists
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1739 James Oglethorpe Reaffirms His Support of Georgia's Ban on Slavery Georgia Colonial Georgia Slavery University of Georgia
1857 Abolitionist, John Brown, Addresses a Crowd in Concord, Massachusetts Concord, Massachusetts John Brown Abolition Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1863 President Lincoln Transmits to Senate Treaty with Chiefs and Headmen of Chippewa Indians U.S. Senate Abraham Lincoln Chippewa Indians Historic U.S. Documents Lincoln Logs
1888 China Agrees to Treaty Banning Chinese Labors from Immigrating to the U.S. for 20 years China Immigration Labor Historic U.S. Documents Asian-American Heritage History Channel
1897 Langston University Is Founded in Oklahoma Langston, Oklahoma Education African American Heritage Langston University African American Registry
1923 Delaware's General Assembly Passes the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution 2 1/2 Years After It Became Law Nationally. Delaware Women Women's Suffrage 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution State of Delaware
1926 The Savoy Ballroom Opens in New York City's Harlem District New York City Dance African American Heritage Historic Firsts PBS African American Registry
1940 Richard Wright Delivers a Talk Titled "How `Bigger' was Born" at Columbia University Richard Wright American Authors African-American Authors Columbia University American Collection
1956 101 Southern Members of the U.S. Congress Pledge to "Use All Lawful Means" to Overturn Brown v. Board of Education U.S. Congress Brown v. the Board of Education Education Human Rights/Civil Rights Law and Legal Resources Virginia Historical Society
1990 African-American, Clarence Thomas, Takes the Oath of Office for the District of Columbia Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals Washington, D.C. Political and Social Leaders Georgia Political and Social Leaders African-American Political and Social Leaders Law and Legal Resources U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit University of Georgia
1993 Janet Reno Is Sworn In as the First Female U.S. Attorney General Florida Political and Social Leaders U.S. Attorney General's Office Law and Legal Resources Female American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts History Channel Court TV
1997 Police Arrest Suspect for Fatal Shooting of Ennis Cosby Los Angeles Bill Cosby Death CNN

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