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

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1792 Thaddeus Stevens (Vermont-born Anti-Slavery Congressman from Pennsylvania) Vermont Political and Social Leaders Pennsylvania Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress Slavery African American Registry
1834 Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas (Georgia-born Women's Rights Activist) Georgia Political and Social Leaders Women University of Georgia
1873 Marvel Katherine Jackson Cooke (Minnesota-born African-American Journalist and Social Activist) Minnesota Authors and Illustrators Journalism American Civil Rights Movement African-American Authors and Illustrators African American Registry
1874 Isaac Hathaway (Kentucky-born African-American Sculptor) Kentucky Artists African-American Artists African American Registry
1915 Muddy Waters (Mississippi-born African-American Blues Singer, Musician) Muddy Waters Jazz and Blues African American Performing Artists
1928 Maya Angelou (Missouri-born African-American Poet, Authors, Actress) Maya Angelou Poetry African American Authors & Illustrators
1938 Vertamae Grosvenor (South Carolina-born African-American Cook, Author) South Carolina Authors Foods and Nutrition African American Authors & Illustrators Writer's Almanac
1953 Joan Leslie Woodruff (New Mexico-born Native-American Children's Author) New Mexico Authors and Illustrators Native-American Studies Young-adult Authors
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1968 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Georgia-born African-American Civil Rights Leader: Assassination) Assasination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. U.S. Civil Rights Movement
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1864 President Lincoln Passes to the Senate a Treaty with the Nez Percé Indians of the Washington Territory Washington U.S. Senate Abraham Lincoln Nez Percé Indians Historic U.S. Documents Lincoln Papers
President Lincoln Expresses His Thoughts on Slavery in a Letter to Albert Hodges of Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Slavery Lincoln Papers
1867 African American, Jonathan C. Gibbs, Is Elected to the Executive Board of Florida's Union Republican Party Florida Political and Social Leaders Politics African-American Political and Social Leaders Florida Historical Society
1873 Pennsylvania Supreme Court Denies Suffragist Carrie Burnham's Right to Vote Pennsyvlania Women Suffrage Library of Congress
1884 Seattle's Ladies Relief Society Is Formed to Care for the City's Needy Women and Children Seattle, Washington Women Child Advocacy Community Service History Link
1887 Argonia, Kansas Elects Susanna Medora Salter the First Female U.S. Mayor Kansas Women Elections Historic Firsts Kansas State Historical Society New York Times
1968 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Is Assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee Tennessee James Earl Ray Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King U.S. Civil Rights Movement Death
1974 Hank Aaron Hits Home Run #714 to Tie Babe Ruth Hank Aaron Babe Ruth Baseball Hall of Fame Baseball Almanac New York Times University of Georgia
1981 San Antonio's Henry Cisneros Is First Mexican-American Elected Mayor of a Major U.S. City Henry Cisneros Politics Historic Firsts Hispanic Political and Social Leaders New York Times

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