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1886 William Dawson (Georgia-born Illinois Congressman: First African American to Chair a U.S. Congressional Committee) Illinois Political & Social Leaders Georgia Political & Social Leaders University of Georgia African American Registry U.S. Congress
Gertrude "Ma" Rainey (Georgia-born African-American Blues Singer) Ma Rainey Blues & Jazz Rock and Roll Hall of Fame African-American Performing Artists
1915 Johnny Shines (Tennessee-born African-American Blues Guitarist) Tennessee Performing Artists Blues & Jazz African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1917 I.M. Pei (Chinese-American Architect) I.M. Pei Asian-American Artists, Designers, Architects The Louvre
1926 Irving Davies (Welsh-born British Dancer, Choreographer) Welsh Performing Artists Dance The Internet Movie Database Wales History
1938 Duane Eddy (New York-born Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) New York Performing Artists Popular Musicians Rock and Roll Hall of Fame The Internet Movie Database
1942 Bobby Rydell (Pennsylvania-born Popular Singer) Pennsylvania Performing Artists Popular Musicians The Internet Movie Database
1948 Stevie Nicks (Arizona-born Member of Fleetwood Mac) Arizona Performing Artists Popular Musicians The Internet Movie Database
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1984 Count Basie (New Jersey-born African-American Orchestra Leader and Composer) Count Basie American Composers African-American Performing Artists
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1818 In Florida, Andrew Jackson Sentences Two British Subjects to Death for Inciting Creek Indian Uprisings Great Britain Florida Andrew Jackson Creek Indians Law Florida Historical Society
1854 U.S. War Department Orders Surveys to Locate Land for Indian Reservations in Unsettled Territory U.S. Government Native American Heritage Texas State Historical Association
1892 African-American Inventor, Sarah Boone (Connecticut), Patents an Ironing Board Connecticut Scientists and Mathematicians Patents & Trademarks Patent #473,653 African-American Scientists and Mathematicians African American Registry
1915 Boston's African-American Community Protests the Showing of Birth of a Nation Boston, Massachusetts Birth of a Nation African-American Heritage Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1968 Members of Ohio State's Black Student Union Seize the Campus Administration Building Education African American Heritage Ohio State University (pdf)
2000 Vermont Is the First State to Allow Same-Sex Couples to Form Civil Unions Vermont Government Civil Rights/Human Rights Historic Firsts State of Vermont

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