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MAY 26

1883 Mamie Smith (Ohio-born African-American Singer; First African-American to Record the Blues) Mamie Smith Popular Musicians African-American Performing Artists
1899 Aaron Douglas (Kansas-born African-American Artist) Aaron Douglas American Artists African-American Artists
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1521 Spanish Conquistador Cortés Begins Siege of the Aztec Capital of Tenochtitlan Hernán Cortés Aztec Hispanic Heritage Houston Institute for Culture
1637 An Allied Force of Puritans and Mohegan Indians Massacre 500 Pequot Indians at Their Connecticut Village Connecticut Colonial Connecticut Pequots Death The History Channel
1780 Chief Wabasha, Serving as a General in the British Army, Leads 200 Dakota in an Attack on Spanish Positions at St. Louis Great Britain Spain St. Louis, Missouri Dakota Indians American Revolution Minesota Historical Society
1834 The Mexican Congress Votes to Allow Americans to Enter and Own Land in New Mexico Mexico New Mexico Latin-American Heritage Law New Mexico Magazine
1840 In Washington, Missionary Priest, Father Francis N. Blanchet, Visits Whidbey Island at the Invitation of Chief Tslalakum Washington Catholicism Native-American Heritage History Link
1851 Fort Miller Is Established in Fresno County, California to Protect Miners From Indian Attacks Fresno County, California Native American Heritage California Gold Rush Forts Learn California
1872 African-American Inventor, Thomas J. Martin, Is Issued Patent #125,063 for a Fire Extinguisher Michigan Scientists & Mathematcians Patent #125,063 Inventors & Inventions Fire Safety African-American Scientists & Inventors
1903 Granville T. Woods Receives a Patent for an Electric Railway Granville T. Woods Patents & Trademarks Inventors & Inventions Railroads African-American Scientists & Inventors
1956 Althea Gibson Wins French Open: 1st Major Tennis Title by an African American French Open Althea Gibson African-American Sports Figures Historic Firsts Tennis Hall of Fame Historymakers African American Registry
1967 The First Two Women Are Sworn In as Michigan State Police Michigan Women Crime Historic Firsts Michigan State Police Historical Society of Michigan

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