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


1899 Duke Ellington (Washington, D.C. African-American Musician, Composer, Conductor) Duke Ellington American Composers Jazz Musicians African American Composers
1945 Tammi Terrell (Pennsylvania-born African-American Popular Singer) Pennsylvania Performing Artists Popular Musicians African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1947 Yusef Komunyakaa (Louisiana-born African-American Poet) Yusef Komunyakaa Poetry African-American Authors
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1838 2 U.S. Soldiers and 12 Seminole Indians Are Killed in a Skirmish Near Florida's Tuscawilla Pond Florida Seminole Indians Death Florida Historical Society
1854 The Pennsylvania Legislature Charters Ashmun Institute (Later Renamed Lincoln University) as the First College Solely for African-American Students Pennsylvania Education Education Historic Firsts African-American Heritage Lincoln University The History Channel
1945 Richard Wright's Black Boy Is the Number One Bestseller in the Nation Richard Wright American Authors African-American Authors American Collection
1963 In Johnson v. Virginia, the U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Racial Segregation in Courtrooms Is Unconstitutional Virginia U.S. Supreme Court Racism Human Rights/Civil Rights Law Virginia Historical Society
1969 Duke Ellington Is Presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom Duke Ellington American Composers Popular Musicians Noted African Americans The History Channel
1983 Harold Washington Is Sworn In As the First African-American Mayor of Chicago Chicago Political and Social Leaders African-American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts Chicago Public Library Writer's Almanac
1992 Rioting Breaks Out in Los Angeles When Four White Police Officers Are Acquitted of Beating Rodney King, an African-American Suspect Los Angeles Racism Law and Legal Resources African-American History The History Channel BBC New York Times African American Registry

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