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


1785 Elleanor Eldridge (Rhode Island-born African-American Entrepreneur, Businesswoman) Rhode Island Business Leaders African-American Business Leaders African American Registry
1917 Rufus Thomas (Mississippi-born African-American Singer, Songwriter: "Do the Funky Chicken") Mississippi Performing Artists Popular Musicians African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1940 Nancy Pelosi (Maryland-born Stateswoman: First Female to Serve as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives) Nancy Pelsoi U.S. House of Representatives
1944 Diana Ross (Detroit-born African-American Popular Singer) Diana Ross Popular Musicians African American Performing Artists
1950 Teddy Pendergrass (Pennsylvania-born African-American Popular Musician) Teddy Pendergrass Popular Musicians African American Performing Artists
1953 Elaine Chao (Chinese-American Secretary of Labor, Statesperson, Business Executive) Twaiwanese Political and Social Leaders U.S. Government Asian-American Political and Social Leaders
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1962 Augusta Savage (Florida-born Sculptor) Florida Artists American Artists African American Artists
2011 Geraldine Ferraro (New York-born Democratic Candidate for Vice=President of the United States) Geraldine Ferraro 1984 Presidential Election American Women in Politics
1856 Native Americans Attack White Settlers Columbia River Cascades: Killing 6 Washington Native American Heritage Death History Link
1857 Inkpaduta (Scarlet Point) and His Band of Dakota Attack Springfield, Minnesota (Now Jackson), Killing One Child, Wounding Several Adults Jackson, Minnesota Dakota Death Minnesota Historical Society
1867 The Georgia Equal Rights Association Meets in Macon with the Goal of Registering African Americans to Vote Georgia Voting Rights African-American Heritage University of Georgia
1872 African-American Inventor, Thomas J Martin, Receives Patent for an Improved the Fire Extinguisher Michigan Scientists & Inventors Patent 125063 Inventors and Inventions Fire Safety African-American Scientists & Mathematicians
1883 In Indiana, the Society of Friends Open White's Manual Labor Institute in Wabash County for the Education of Native Americans Wabash County, Indiana Education Quakers Native American Heritage White's High School Indiana Historical Society
1937 William Hastie Is Confirmed as the First African American to Serve as a U.S. Federal Judge (Virgin Islands) U.S. Virgin Islands Law African American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts Tennessee State University
1948 700 Mexican-American Veterans Organize the American G.I. Forum to Securing Equal Rights for Latin-Americans World War II Latin-American Military Figures Human Rights, Civil Rights Texas State Historical Association

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