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

MAY 18

1826 Martha Callahan (President of the Iowa Women's Suffrage Association) Iowa Political & Social Leaders American Female Political Leaders Women's Suffrage
1911 Big Joe Turner (Missouri-born African-American Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) Big Joe Turner Popular Musician African-American  Performing Artists Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
1946 Reggie Jackson (Pennsylvania-born African-American Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Pennsylvania Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame African-American  Sports Figures African American Registry
1954 Ken Mochizuki (Washington-born Asian-American Children's Author) Washington State Authors Young-adult Authors Baseball Asian-American Authors & Illustrators
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1955 Mary McLeod Bethune (South Carolina-born African-American Educator) Mary McLeod Bethune Education African American Political & Social Leaders
1963 Ernie Davis (Pennsylvania-born African-American Awarded the 1961 Heisman Trophy) Ernie Davis College Football Hall of Fame 1961 Heisman Trophy African American Sports Figures New York Times
1623 In Virginia, English Settlers Poison 200 Members of the Powhatan Village and Massacre Another 50 English Explorers Virginia Colonial Virginia Powhatan Crime Death Virginia Historical Society
1652 Rhode Island Enacts the First Colonial Legislation Limiting Slavery Rhode Island Government Colonial Rhode Island Slavery Law Historic Firsts Writer's Almanac
1858 Indians Rout a U.S. Army Detachment in Eastern Washington Washington Native-American Heritage Death History Link
1871 Kiowa Chief Satanta Leads Massacre of Wagon Train Near the Texas Red River Texas Satanta Westward Expansion Death History Channel Texas State Historical Association
1896 U.S. Supreme Court Affirms Racial Segregation in Plessy v. Ferguson Plessy v. Ferguson Human Rights/Civil Rights African-American History Oyez History Channel
1953 Jacqueline Cochran Is First Woman to Fly Faster Than the Speed of Sound Jacqueline Cochran Aviation Speed of Sound Women Historic Firsts Technology and Society
James Baldwin's First Novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain, Is Published James Baldwin American Authors African-American Authors American Collection
1964 In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Students Boycott the Public Schools in Support of Equal Rights Milwaukee, Wisconsin Education Human Rights/Civil Rights African-American Heritage Wisconsin Historical Society
2000 South Carolina Passes Bill to Remove Confederate Flag from Statehouse South Carolina Flag Controversy American Civil War Racism African-American History The Southerner

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