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

MAY 17

1889 Alfonso Reyes (Mexican Author) Alfonso Reyes Hispanic Authors and Illustrators
1893 Fred Jones (Kentucky-born African-American Inventor; Best Know for Refrigeration Techniques and Frozen Food) Kentucky Scientists and Mathematicians Inventors and Inventions Foods and Nutrition African-American Scientists and Inventors African American Registry
1903 James "Cool Papa" Bell (Mississippi-born African-American Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) James Cool Papa Bell Baseball Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures
1913 James "Buster" Brown (Maryland-born African-American Tap dancer, Teacher, Choreographer) Maryland Performing Artists Dance African American Performing Artists African American Registry
1929 Eloise Greenfield (North Carolina-born African-American Poet, Children's Author) Eloise Greenfield Primary Children's Authors Poetry African-American Authors
1937 Hazel O'Leary (Virginia-born African-American Attorney: First Woman to Serve as U.S. Secretary of Energy) Virginia Political and Social Leaders U.S. Government President Bill Clinton African-American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
1942 Taj Mahal (New York City-born African-American Performing Artist) New York City Performing Artists Popular Musician African American Performing Artists The Internet Movie Database African American Registry
1943 Jeanne M. Lee (Vietnamese-born Asian-American Children's Author, Illustrator) Vietnamese Authors & Illustrators Artists Asian-American Authors & Illustrators
1956 Sugar Ray Leonard (North Carolina-born African-American Member of International Boxing Hall of Fame) North Carolina Sports Figures International Boxing Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1749 Georgia's Trustees Petition Britain to Repeal Prohibition of Importation of Slaves into Georgia England Georgia Government Colonial Georgia Slavery University of Georgia
1838 General Winfield Scott Instructs Troops to Begin Moving Georgia Cherokee West Georgia 1838 Trail of Tears Westward Expansion University of Georgia
1839 Texas Rangers Defeat Mexican Revolutionary at North San Gabriel River Mexico Republic of Texas Cherokee Indians Texas State Historical Society
1845 Methodist Episcopal Church South Separates from the Methodist Episcopal Church over the Issue of Slavery Religion Slavery Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Concordia
1864 President Lincoln Sends a Chippewa Indian Treaty to the Senate U.S. Senate President Abraham Lincoln Chippewa Indians Historic U.S. Documents Lincoln Papers
1875 African-American Jockey Wins the First Kentucky Derby Aboard Aristides The Kentucky Derby Historic Firsts Library of Congress African American Registry
1885 Apache Chief Geronimo Escapes His Arizona Reservation AZ Geronimo The History Channel
1906 Congress Passes the Alaska Native Allotment Act Providing Alaska Natives Inalienable and Non-Taxable Ownership of 160 Acres Alaska U.S. Congress Native American Heritage Economics Law Alaska Historical Society
1954 Brown v. Board of Ed: Strikes Down Public School Segregation BROWN v. BOARD OF EDUCATION Human Rights/Civil Rights African-American History Oyez
1969 W.C. Handy Is Honored with a U.S. Postage Stamp W.C. Handy U.S. Postal Service African-American Composers & Songwriters Ebony Society
1970 Hank Aaron Is the First Player in Major League Baseball to Have 3,000 Hits and 500 Home Runs Hank Aaron Baseball Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures Historic Firsts University of Georgia
1980 Miami, Florida's African-American Population Riots as Four White Policemen Are Acquitted of Murder Miami, Florida Law African-American Heritage African American Registry Florida Historical Society
1996 President Clinton Signs "Megan's Law" Requiring Neighborhood Notification of Sex Offenders U.S. Government President Clinton Law Child Advocacy New York Times
1999 Washington's Makah Successfully Hunt a Grey Whale Off the Olympic Peninsula Washington Makah Whales Law History Link
2000 Two Former Ku Klux Klansmen Are Arrested for Murder 1963 Birmingham, Alabama Church Bombing Alabama Racism African-American Heritage Crime CNN
2009 President Barack Obama Delivers Commencement Address at the University of Notre Dame Indiana President Barack Obama Education Abortion University of Notre Dame NPR

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