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

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1915 Billie Holiday (Pennsylvania-born African-American Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) Billie Holiday Rock and Roll Hall of Fame African-American Performing Artists
1927 Babatunde Olatunji (Nigerian Grammy-Winning Jazz Percussionist) Nigerian Performing Artists Jazz 1991 Grammy Award African American Registry
1938 Freddie Hubbard (Indiana-born Grammy-Winning African-American Jazz Musician) Freddie Hubbard Jazz Grammy Awards African-American Performing Artists
1948 Cheryl Willis Hudson (African-American Children's Author, Illustrator Born in Virginia) Cheryl Willis Hudson American Artists Primary Authors Famous African Americans
1954 Jackie Chan (Chinese Action-Movie Actor) Jackie Chan Actors Film Asian-American Performing Artists
Tony Dorsett (African-American Member of the Pro and College Football Halls of Fame, Born in Pennsylvania) Pennyslvania Sports Figures African-American Sports Figures 1976 Heisman Trophy Winner Football Hall of Fame
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1817 Francisco Xavier Mina Sets Sail from Galveston Island to Drive the Spanish Forces Out of Mexico Mexico Spain Texas Military Figures Hispanic Heritage Texas State Historical Society
1818 Andrew Jackson Takes Control of St. Marks in the Florida Territory Florida Andrew Jackson Seminole Tribe University of Florida
1832 Abraham Lincoln Is Elected Captain of a Company in Thirty-first Regiment of Illinois Militia Illinois Military Figures Abraham Lincoln Black Hawk War Lincoln Papersl
1858 The Virginia Legislature Approves the Incorporation of the Lewisburg Female Institute Virginia Government West Virginia Education Education Women West Virginia Archives
1862 President Lincoln Signs Treaty with Great Britain for Suppression of African Slave Trade British Government President Abraham Lincoln Slavery Historic U.S. Documents Lincoln Papersl
1866 The Bois Forte Ojibwe Sign a Treaty Ceding Their Lands in Minnesota's St. Louis and Koochiching Counties, Establishing the Nett Lake Reservation Minnesota Ojibwe Historical U.S. Documents Nett Lake Reservation Minnesota Historical Society
1940 Booker T. Washington Stamp Is First Featuring an African American Booker T. Washington U.S. Postal Service African-American History Historic Firsts
1968 Approximately 25,000 People View the Coffin of Martin Luther King, Jr. at Spelman College Georgia Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Spelman College Georgia
1970 Detroit's School Board Approves a Plan to Desegregate 11 of the District's 22 High Schools Detroit Education Education Racism Historical Society of Michigan (pdf)
1973 7 1/2-year "Freedom Flights" Program, Which Brought 250,000 Cuban Refugees to Miami, Florida, Ends Cuba Florida Immigration Aviation History Hispanic Heritage PBS Florida Historical Society

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