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MAY 21

1901 Regina Anderson (Chicago-born African-American Librarian, Playwright, Arts Advocate: a Leader of the Harlem Renaissance ) Chicago Authors Harlem Renaissance Libraries Plays African-American Authors
1904 (Thomas Wright) "Fats" Waller (New York City-born African-American Composer, Pianist, Organist, Bandleader) : Jazz American Composers African American Performing Artists
1923 Doris Akers (Missouri-born African-American Gospel Composer, Vocalist) Missouri Composers American Composers Gospel Musicians African-American Composers Christian Broadcasting Network
1924 Clarence (Big House) Gaines (Kentucky-born African-American Coach: Member of the Basketball Hall of Fame) Kentucky Sports Figures Basketball Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures
1952 Mr. T (Chicago-born African-American Actor) Illinois Performing Artists Actors Television Notable African Americans Internet Movie Database
1972 Christian McBride (Pennsylvania-born African-American Jazz Bassist) Christian McBride Jazz Notable African Americans
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1673 Father Jacques Marquette, Fur-Trader Louis Joliet, and Five French Voyageurs Reach a Menominee Community Near Modern Marinette, Michigan Jacques Marquette Louis Joliet Marinette, Michigan North American Explorers Menominees Mississippi River Wisconsin Historical Society
1733 In Georgia, Oglethorpe's Colonists Sign the Treaty of Savannah with the Nation of the Lower Creeks Georgia Colonial Georgia Creek Indians Historic U.S. Documents University of Georgia
1758 Lenape Indians Abduct 10-year-old Mary Campbell From Her Cumberland County, Pennsylvania Home Cumberland County, Pennsylvania Lenape Indians Crime French and Indian War History Channel
1822 Californians Hold Their First General Election Selecting Governor Pablo Vicente Sola to Represent Them at the Cortes of the Mexican Empire in Mexico City Mexico California Elections Historic Firsts Hispanic Heritage Learn California
1833 In Massachusetts, the Mashpee Indians of Cape Cod Sign a Declaration of Independence Demanding Self-Governance Cape Cod, Massachusetts Mashpee Indians Historic U.S. Documents Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1856 Lawrence, Kansas Is Captured and Sacked by Pro-slavery Forces Kansas Slavery Douglas County Law Library
1932 Amelia Earhart Lands in Ireland Completing First Female Solo Transatlantic Flight Ireland Amelia Earhart Aviation Historic Firsts National Postal Museum Center for the Study of Technology & Society History Channel
1940 Nazi's Murder 1,500 East Prussian Hospital Patients as "Unfit" Nazi Germany World War II History Channel
1955 Chuck Berry Records "Maybellene" Chuck Berry Popular Musicians African American Performing Artists History Channel
1958 A Federal Court Order Ends Segregation on New Orleans Street Cars and Buses New Orleans Racism U.S. Civil Rights Movement African-American Heritage Law & Legal Resources Louisiana Secretary of State
1966 World Heavyweight Champion, Muhammad Ali, Knocks Out Henry Cooper in London London, England Muhammed Ali Boxing Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures BBC
1973 Marian Wright Edelman Organizes the Children's Defense Fund South Carolina Political & Social Leaders Child Advocacy Children's Defense Fund
2003 Ohio High School Senior, LeBron James, Signs $90 M Contract with Nike Ohio Sports Figures Basketball Economics and Business African-American Sports Figures USA Today

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