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1855 Josephine Allensworth (Kentucky-born African-American Founder of Allensworth, California) Josephine Allensworth California Educators of Note African American Political and Social Leaders
1898 Septima Poinsette Clark (South Carolina-born African-American Educator and Civil Rights Activist) Septima Poinsette Clark Educators of Note Human Rights/Civil Rights African American Political and Social Leaders
1907 Canada Lee (New York City-born African-American Actor) New York City Performing Artists American Performing Artists African American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database African-American Registry
1920 John Lewis (Illinois-born African-American Jazz Pianist, Composer; Member of the Modern Jazz Quartet) Illinois Composers Jazz African American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database African-American Registry
1921 Sugar Ray Robinson (Detroit-born African-American Hall of Fame Boxer) Sugar Ray Robinson International Boxing Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures
1928 James Brown (South Carolina-born African-American Soul Singer) South Carolina Performing Artists Popular Music African American Performing Artists Biography.com African-American Registry
1936 José "Cheguí" Torres (Puerto Rican Hall of Fame Boxer, Writer, Politician) José International Boxing Hall of Fame Hispanic Sports Figures
1946 Greg Gumbel (New Orleans-born African-American Sportscaster) New Orleans Sports Figures African American Sports Figures Television
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1989 Charlotte Day (Minnesota-born Native-American Educator) Minnesota Political and Social Leaders Native-American Political and Social Leaders Educators of Note
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1525 Spain's Pedro de Quejo Is First European to Step Foot in Georgia Spanish Explorers Georgia Hispanic Heritage Historic Firsts University of Georgia
1774 The Killing of 11 Mingo Indians by White Settlers in Kentucky Sparks Lord Dunmore's War Kentucky Ohio Colonial Virginia Native-American Heritage Death War Ohio Historical Society
1801 Methodist Minister John Thelwell Opens the First School for African-Americans in Wilmington., Delaware Wilmington, Delaware Education Religion Racism Historic Firsts State of Delaware
1933 Nellie Taylor Ross First Woman Appointed Head of U.S. Mint U.S. Government FDR Currencies Women Historic Firsts The History Channel
1948 U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Racially Restrictive Housing Covenants U.S. Supreme Court Housing Racism Oyez
1960 Diamond Department Store in Charleston, West Virginia Opens Its Dining Facilities to African Americans Charleston, West Virginia Human Rights/Civil Rights Business African-American Heritage West Virginia Archives
1963 Birmingham, Alabama Civil Rights Demonstration Turns Ugly When Police Use Fire Hoses and Dogs Birmingham, Alabama Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Civil Rights/Human Rights African-American Heritage Alabama Archive
2001 The United States Is Voted Off the U.N. Human Rights Commission in Geneva United Nations Human Rights CNN

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