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

MAY 9

1845 Carl Gustaf Laval (Swedish Scientist, Engineer and Inventor) Swedish Scientists & Inventors Inventors
1897 Rudolph Fisher (Washington, D.C.-born Author, Physician; Writer of the Harlem Renaissance) Rudolph Fisher Medicine African American Authors
1937 Dave Prater, Jr. (Georgia-born Member of the African-American Duo of "Sam and Dave") Georgia Performing Artists Rock and Roll Hall of Fame African-American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database
Sports Figures
1928 Pancho Gonzales (Los Angeles-born Latin-American Member of the Tennis Hall of Fame) Los Angeles Sports Figures Tennis Hall of Fame Latin-American Sports Figures
1939 Ralph Boston (Mississippi-born African-American Long Jump Olympic Gold Medalist) Mississippi Sports Figures Track & Field Hall of Fame The Olympic Games African-American Sports Figures African American Registry
1960 Tony Gwynn (California-born African-American Baseball Player) California Sports Figures Baseball African American Sport Figures
1979 Rosario Dawson (New York City-born Latin-American Actress) Rosario Dawson Actors Film Television African American Performing Artists Native-American Heritage
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
2010 Lena Horne (New York City-born African-American Singer) Lena Horne Popular Musicians African-American Performing Artists
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1801 The Governor of the Indiana Territory Issues a Proclamation Forbidding Settlement, Hunting and Surveying on Indian Lands Indiana Native-American Heritage Westward Expansion Law Indiana Historical Society
1832 Fifteen Seminole Chiefs Agree to Cede Their Lands in Florida to the United States Florida Seminole Indians Florida Historical Society
1862 Union General Hunter Orders Emancipation of FL, GA, SC Slaves Florida Georgia South Carolina American Civil War Slavery University of Maryland
1899 African-American Inventor J.A. Burr Patents a Lawn Mower Massachusetts Scientists & Inventors Inventors Patents & Trademarks African American Registry
1930 Sherman, Texas Lynching Sets Off Race Riot Sherman, Texas Racism Capital Punishment African-American Heritage Texas State Historical Society
1960 The U.S. Is First Country to Legalize Contraceptives Birth Control Medical Research Historic Firsts
1968 Firing of 19 White Educators Sparks a Teachers' Strike in a Predominantly African-American Brooklyn, New York School District New York City Education Racism Labor Strike New York Historical Society

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