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1839 Robert Smalls (South Carolina Slave, African-American Naval Captain, State Legislator, U.S. Congressman) South Carolina Political and Social Leaders U.S. House of Representatives Slavery African-American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
1856 Booker T. Washington (Virginia-born African-American Educator and Rights Activist) Booker T. Washington Education African-American Political and Social Leaders
1915 John McLendon (Kansas-born African-American Coach, Member of the Basketball Hall-of-Fame) Kansas Sports Figures Basketball Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures African American Registry
1937 Colin Powell (New York-born African-American Statesman, Military Leader) Colin Powell President George Bush President George W. Bush American Military Leaders African-American Political and Social Leaders
1949 Judith Resnik (Ohio-born Astronaut) Ohio Explorers and Astronauts Astronauts
1950 Franklin R. Chang-Díaz (Costa Rican-born Astronaut) Franklin R. Chang-Díaz Astronauts Latin-American Studies Asian-American Studies
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1614 Pocahontas Marries English Colonist John Rolfe in Virginia Colonial Virginia Pocahontas Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities The History Channel
1778 Shawnee Indians Take Daniel Boone to Detroit as a British Prisoner Detroit, Michigan Daniel Boone Shawnee Indians American Revolution State of Michigan
1805 Count Nikolai Rezanov Arrives at the San Francisco Presidio Aboard the Russian Brig Juno Hoping to Establish Trade Relations with the Spanish Russia Spain San Francisco International Trade Latin-American Heritage Learn California
1860 Wisconsin Congressman and Abolitionist, John F. Potter, Is Challenged to a Duel by Virginia Representative Roger Pryor Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders Virginia Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress Abolition Wisconsin Historical Society
1864 President Lincoln Responds to Petition from Mrs. Horace Mann That All Slave Children Be Freed President Abraham Lincoln Slavery African-American Heritage Liincoln Letters
1887 Annie Sullivan Teaches Helen Keller the Meaning of W-A-T-E-R Helen Keller Anne Sullivan Education Special Education American Foundation for the Blind
1895 Chi Omega Sorority Is Founded at the University of Arkansas Arkansas Education Education Women University of Arkansas Chi Omega Arkansas History Commision
1968 Atlanta, Georgia Prepares for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Funeral Atlanta, Georgia Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. University of Georgia
1984 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Becomes the Highest-scoring Player in NBA History: 31,421 Career Points  New York Sports Figures Basketball Hall of Fame  African-American Sports Figures The New York Times
1988 Tracy Chapman Releases "Fast Car" Ohio Perfroming Artists Popular Musicians African-American Performing Artists Amazon.com The History Channel
1992 Abortion Rights Advocates March on Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Abortion/Birth Control Civil Rights/Human Rights The History Channel

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