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

MAY 11

1885 Joe "King" Oliver (Louisiana-born African-American Jazz Cornetist) King Oliver Jazz African-American Performing Artists
1895 William Grant Still (Mississippi-born African-American Composer and Conductor) William Grant Still Composers African American Composers
1896 Mari Sandoz (Nebraska-born Author of American Frontier Life) Mari Sandoz Native American Heritage Westward Expansion History Channel
1933 Louis Farrakhan (New York City-born African-American Muslim Leader) New York City Political and Social Leaders African-American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
1949 Janice Rogers Brown (Alabama-born African-American Federal Judge) Alabama Political and Social Leaders American Women Political and Social Leaders African-American Political and Social Leaders Law African American Registry
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1986 Fritz Pollard (Chicago-born African-American Member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame) Chicago Sports Figures Professional Football Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures
2006 Floyd Patterson (North Carolina-born African-American Member of the Boxing Hall of Fame) Floyd Patterson Boxing Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures
1886 African-American Inventor, W. Marshall, Is Issued a Patent for a "Grain Binder" Patents & Trademarks Inventors & Inventions Farming & Agriculture African-American Inventors St. Louis Public Library
1892 15-year-old African-American Jockey, Alonzo Clayton, Rides Azra to 1st Place in the Kentucky Derby Horse Racing African-American Sports Figures The Kentucky Derby African American Registry
1919 Law Goes into Effect Restricting Child Labor in West Virginia West Virginia Government Law Labor Child Labor West Virginia Archives
1960 The FDA Makes First Approval of a Contraceptive Drug, Searle's Enovid The Food and Drug Administrations Birth Control/Abortion Drugs and Medicine Historic Firsts PBS
1970 A Peaceful Demonstration in Augusta, Georgia Turns into a Violent Race Riot with at Least 6 Deaths Augusta, Georgia Racism African-American Heritage Death University of Georgia
1978 Michigan's Margaret Ann Brewer Becomes the First Female Brigadier General in the U.S. Marine Corps Michigan Military Figures American Women in the Military Historic Firsts U.S. Marine Corps Historical Society of  Michigan (pdf)

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