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

MAY 25

United States: National Missing Children's Day
(Observed annually on May 25 to remember the abduction of 6-year-old Etan Patz: 05/25/1979)
Child Advocacy Center for Missing Children
1849 "Blind Tom" Thomas Greene Bethune (Georgia-born African-American Composer, Pianist) Thomas Greene Bethune Music African American Performing Artists
1878 Bill "Bojangles" Robinson (Virginia-born African-American Stage and Screen Dancer) Bill Robinson Dance Actors Film African American Performing Artists
1889 Lillie Carroll Jackson (Maryland-born African-American Civil Rights Activist) Maryland Political and Social Leaders Human Rights/Civil Rights African American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
1905 Dorothy Wesley (Virginia-born African-American Librarian) Virginia Political and Social Leaders Libraries African American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
1926 Miles Davis (Illinois-born African-American Jazz Trumpeter) Miles Davis Jazz Trumpeter African American Performing Artists
1938 Joyce Carol Thomas (Oklahoma-born African-American Children's Author) Oklahoma Authors & Illustrators Young-adult Authors African American Authors
1943 Leslie Uggams (New York City-born African-American Singer, Actress) Leslie Uggams Music Actors Television Film African American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database
1949 Jamaica Kincaid (Antiguan African-American Author) Jamaica Kincaid African American Authors & Illustrators
Sports Figures
1932 K.C. Jones (Texas-born African-American Member of the Basketball Hall of Fame) Texas Sports Figures Basketball Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures
1935 Carlton Chester "Cookie" Gilchrist (Pennsylvania-born African-American Professional Football Player) Pennsylvania Sports Figures Football African American Sports Figures African American Registry
1971 Sheryl Swoopes (Texas-born African-American Professional Basketball Player) Sheryl Swoopes Basketball African American Sports Figures WNBA
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1919 Madame C.J. Walker (Louisiana-born African-American Businesswoman) Madame C.J. Walker African American Business Leaders Link to Notable African Americans
1937 Henry Ossawa Tanner (Pennsylvania-born African-American Artist) Pennsylvania Artists American Artists African-American Artists University of Georgia
1780 In Illinois, George Rogers Clark Arrives at Cahokia to Counter the British Threat to St. Louis Great Britain Cahokia, Illinois St. Louis, Missouri George Rogers Clark American Revolution Death Indiana Historical Society
1896 First Meeting Is Held of the Texas Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy Texas Women American Civil War United Daughters of the Confederacy Texas State Historical Association
1911 Mexico's President Porfirio Diaz Resigns and Is Exiled to Paris Mexican Political and Social Leaders Paris Hispanic Heritage University Oregon
1926 In St. Paul, Minnesota, the Ku Klux Klan Burns a Cross at Mounds Park St. Paul, Minnesota Ku Klux Klan African-American Heritage Minnesota Historical Society
1935 Jesse Owens Breaks 3 World Records, Ties 4th, in 70 Minutes Jesse Owens Track & Field Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures Jesse Owens' Official Website New York Times
1961 27 "Freedom Riders" Arrive in Jackson, Mississippi, and Are Arrested Mississippi U.S. Civil Rights Movement Law & Legal Resources CNN
1965 Muhammad Ali KO's Sonny Liston to Win World Heavyweight Boxing Title Muhammad Ali International Boxing Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures ESPN New York Times
1966 Melvin B. Tolson Receives the Annual Poetry Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Missouri Poetry African-American Poets American Academy of Arts and Letters Texas State Historical Association
1997 The Minnesota Twins Retire Number 34 Worn by Kirby Puckett Minnesota Sports Figures Chicago Sports Figures Major League Baseball Baseball Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures Minnesota Historical Society

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