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


1826 Matilda Joslyn Gage (New York-born Women's Rights Activist, Suffragist) New York Political and Social Leaders Women Women's Rights Women's Suffrage
1934 Gloria Steinem (Ohio-born Women's Rights Activist) Gloria Steinem Journalism Women Women's Rights
1938 Hoyt Axton (Oklahoma-born Country and Western Singer) Oklahoma Performing Artists Country & Western Musicians Internet Movie Database
1939 Toni Cade Bambara (New York City-born Rights Activist, Author, Novelist) Toni Cade Bambara Civil Rights/Human Rights African American Authors
1940 Anita Bryant (Oklahoma-born Singer) Oklahoma Performing Artists Popular Musicians Internet Movie Database
1942 Aretha Franklin (Tennessee-born African-American Popular Singer) Aretha Franklin Popular Musicians African American Performing Artists
1947 Elton John (English Musician, Songwriter) Elton John Popular Musicians
1960 Linda Sue Park (Illinois-born Children's Author Awarded the 2002 Newbery Medal for A Single Shard) Linda Sue Park Young-adult Authors Asian-American Heritage Poetry 2002 Newbery Medal for A Single Shard
1964 Lisa Gay Hamilton (Los Angeles-born African-American Actress) Los Angeles Actress Actors Television African American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database African-American Registry
1967 Debi Thomas (New York-born African-American Member of the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame) New York Sports Figures World Figure Skating Hall of Fame Olympic Games African American Sport Figures
1971 Sheryl Swoopes (Texas-born African-American Basketball Player) Sheryl Swoopes Basketball African American Sport Figures
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1875 The Delaware General Assembly Passes Jim Crow Laws Restricting African-American Access to Venues Such as Theaters, Restaurants and Hotels Delaware Government Racism Human Rights/Civil Rights Law African-American Heritage State of Delaware
1879 Cheyenne Chief Little Wolf Surrenders to U.S. Army Unit Native-Americans The Cheyenne The History Channel
1918 50 Mexicans Raid and Ransack the Neville Ranch in Presidio County, Texas; Killing Neville's Son and Housekeeper Mexico Presidio County, Texas Crime Death Latin-American Heritage Texas State Historical Association
1931 Alabama Authorities Charge the Scottsboro Boys with the Rapes of Two White Women Scottsboro Trial Law and Legal Resources Racism African American Registry Alabama State Archive
1932 Voting 6-1, the Alabama Supreme Court Upholds the Convictions of Seven of the Scottsboro Boys Scottsboro Trial Law and Legal Resources Racism African-American Heritage The History Channel
1958 Sugar Ray Robinson Defeats Carmen Basilio to Regain Boxing's Middleweight Championship. Detroit Sports Figures New York Sports Figures Boxing Hall of Fame Boxing Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures History Channel
1963 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Speaks at the University of Virginia on "The Future of Integration" Virginia Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. U.S. Civil Rights Movement African-American Hertiage University of Virginia University of Georgia
1967 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Attacks the U.S. Government's Vietnam Policy in Chicago Coliseum Speech Chicago Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Vietnam War U.S. Civil Rights Movement African-American History The King Center History Channel
1983 Michael Jackson Takes His First "Moonwalk" for a Live Audience Michael Jackson Popular Music Dance Notable African Americans Official Michael Jackson Website

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