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1845 Mary Mahoney (Massachusetts-born Nurse: The First African-American to Graduate from a Nursing School) Mary Mahoney First African-American Graduate Nurse Notable African Americans
1888 Fenton Johnson (Chicago-born African-American Poet, Playwright, Editor) Fenton Johnson Poetry Plays African-American Authors
1931 Darwin Turner (Ohio-born African-American Literary Critic, Editor) Ohio Writers African-American Authors
1939 Jimmy Ruffin (Mississippi-born African-American Popular Singer) Jimmy Ruffin Popular Musician African-American Performing Artists
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1654 In New York, Settlers Purchase Coney Island from the Native Americans New York Native American Heritage Economics New York Historical Society
1763 Chief Pontiac Begins Attack on British Fort at Detroit Pontiac Detroit History Channel State of Michigan
1943 Liberty Ship George Washington Carver Is Launched George Washington Carver Naval History African-American History WWII Florida International University
1946 William Henry Hastie Is Inaugurated as the First African-American Governor of the Virgin Islands U.S. Virgin Islands Political and Social Leaders Tennessee Political and Social Leaders African American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts Tennessee State University
1970 Seattle Police Department Deploys Plainclothes Officers as "Vigilantes" to Assault anti-War Protesters Seattle, Washington Vietnam War Crime Human Rights/Civil Rights HistoryLink

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