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1921 Howard Jones (Virginia-born African-American Engineer) Howard Jones, Jr. American Scientists & Mathematicians African American Scientists & Mathematicians African American Registry
1928 Marge Unnewehr Schott (Ohio-born Businesswoman; Owner of the Cincinnati Reds) Ohio Sports Figures Baseball Major League Baseball Ohio Historical Society
1934 Roberto Clemente (Puerto Rican Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame: Humanitarian) Roberto Clemente
Baseball Hall of Fame Latin American Sports Figures New York Times
Rafer Johnson (Texas-born African-American Olympic Decathlon Gold Medalist) Rafer Johnson Track & Field Hall of Fame The 1960 Summer Olympic Games Notable African Americans
1935 Simmie Knox (Alabama-born African-American Artist) Simmie Knox American Artists President Bill Clinton Notable African Americans African American Registry
1935 Gail Fisher (New Jersey-born African-American Actress) Gail Fisher Actors Television Famous African Americans
1970 Malcolm Jamal Warner (New Jersey-born African-American Actor: Theo on "Cosby") Malcom Jamal Warner Actors Television Bill Cosby Famous African Americans
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1813 Spanish Royalist Army Slaughters Gutiérrez-Magee TX Republicans: 1400 Die Spain Texas Republic Hispanic Heritage Texas State Historical Association
1824 Mexican Congress Passes National Law for the Colonization of Texas Mexico Texas Hispanic Heritage Texas State Historical Association
1878 First African American Lutheran Church Is Dedicated in Little Rock, Arkansas Arkansas Religion African-American History Historic Firsts Concordia Historical Institute
1916 Georgia Law Amended to Allow Women to Hold Low-level Government Jobs Georgia Women Law & Legal Resources Georgia History
1919 Georgia's Governor Signs Act Creating a Commission to Eliminate Illiteracy Georgia Reading Georgia History
1963 James Meredith Is First African American Graduate of the U of Mississippi Mississippi Education American Civil Rights Movement African-American History New York Times
1997 Beth Ann Hogan Is First Coed in the Virginia Military Institute's 158-year history Virginia Education Civil Rights Women Roanoke Times