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

MARCH 20

1910 Allan Rohan Crite (New Jersey-born African-American Painter, Military Engineer, Drafter, Illustrator, Librarian ) New Jersey Artists and Designers American Artists and Designers African-American Artists and Designers African American Registry
1915 Rosetta Nubin Tharpe (Arkansas-born African-American Gospel Singer, Guitarist) Rosetta Nubin Tharpe Gospel Musician African-American Performing Artists
1928 Carl Reiner (New York-born Writer, Actor, Producer) New York Performing Artists Actors Film Television Internet Movie Database
1932 Tom Dent (New Orleans-born African-American Playwright, Poet, Civil Rights Activist) New Orleans Authors and Illustrators Poetry Civil Rights African-American Authors and Illustrators African American Registry
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1565 King of Spain Names Pedro Menendez de Aviles Governor and Captain-General of Florida Spain Florida Political and Social Leaders Hispanic Political and Social Leaders Florida Historical Society
1721 Spanish Governor, Marqués de Aguayo, and a Force of 500 Cross the Rio Grande to Reestablish Spanish Control of East Texas Spain Mexico Texas Hispanic Heritage Texas State Historical Society
1779 In Ohio, British Troops and Their Indian Allies End the One-Month Siege of Fort Laurens Great Britain Ohio Native American Heritage Forts American Revolution Ohio Historical Society
1839 Seminoles Fatally Wound One U.S. Officer in Florida Skirmish Florida Seminole Indians War Death Florida Historical Society
1858 Kandiyohi County, Minnesota Is Established Named with the Dakota Word Meaning "Where the Buffalo Fish Come" Kandiyohi County, Minnesota Dakota Minnesota Historical Society
1883 Jan Matzeliger Receives U.S. Patent 274,207 for the First Shoe Lasting Machine Jan Matzeliger Patents and Trademarks Inventors & Inventions African-American Scientists & Mathematicians Patent Document African American Registry
1899 Executed at New York's Sing Sing Prison, Martha Place Is First Woman to Die in the Electric Chair New York Women Crime Capital Punishment Historic Firsts New York Historical Society
1913 The Delaware General Assembly Passes a Bill for the Creation of a Women's College in Newark Newark, Delaware Women Education State of Delaware
1920 W. E. B. DuBois Gives a Lecture in St. Paul, Minnesota Sponsored by the Local Chapter of the NAACP St. Paul, Minnesota W. E. B. DuBois African-American Political and Social Leaders NAACP Minnesota Historical Society
1942 City of Seattle Dismisses All Employees of Japanese Descent Seattle, Washington World War II Japanese-American Heritage History Link
1965 President Johnson Commits Federal Troops to Protect Alabama Civil-Rights Marchers March from Selma to Montgomery President Lyndon Johnson Civil Rights African-American Heritage History Channel
1973 Roberto Clemente Is Voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame 11 Weeks After His Death Roberto Clemente Baseball Hall of Fame Hispanic Sports Figures New York Times

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