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MAY 8

1864 Lena Mason (Illinois-born African-American Religious Leader, Poet, Lecturer) Illinois Political and Social Leaders Religious Leaders and Theologians African American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
1901 Norman Thomas "Turkey" Stearnes (Tennessee-born African-American Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Tennessee Sports Figures African American Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame African American Registry
1910 Mary Lou Williams (Georgia-born African-American Pianist, Arranger, Composer) Mary Lou Williams Jazz American Composers African-American Composers
1911 Robert Johnson (Mississippi-born African-American Blues Guitarist) Robert Johnson Jazz and Blues African-American Performing Artists
1932 Charles "Sonny" Liston (Arkansas-born African-American World Heavyweight Boxing Champion) Arkansas Sports Figures Boxing Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures Biography.com African American Registry
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1915 Henry McNeal Turner (South Carolina-born Religious Leader: First African-American Chaplain in the U.S. Army) South Carolina Political and Social Leaders Religious Leaders and Theologians African-American Political and Social Leaders Concordia
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1848 Massachusetts Approves Funds for First School for the Mentally Retarded Massachusetts Education Education Special Needs Education Historic Firsts Intellihealth
1858 John Brown Meets in Canada with African-American Leaders to Promote His Plan for a Slave Revolt in Virginia Canada Virginia John Brown Slavery PBS
1950 Jackie Robinson Is the First African-American on the Cover of LIFE Jackie Robinson Journalism African American Heritage Life Magazine
1970 The Seattle Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) Is Chartered Seattle, Washington Women Seattle Chapter of the National Organization for Women History Link
1973 Members of the American Indian Movement (AIM) End Their 71-day Siege of Wounded Knee, South Dakota SD Native-American Heritage History Channel New York Times
1974 The Black Archives of Mid America Is Founded in Kansas City, Missouri Kansas City, Missouri African American Heritage Black Archives of Mid America African American Registry
1999 The Citadel Graduates Its First Female Cadet South Carolina Education Women Historic Firsts The Citadel CNN

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