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AUGUST 24

1759 William Wilberforce (English Abolitionist, Politician and Philanthropist) William Wilberforce Abolition
1890 Duke Kahanamoku (Hawaiian-born Member of the Swimming Hall of Fame) Duke Kahanamoku Swimming Hall of Fame The Olympic Games Asian-American Heritage
1899 Jorge Luis Borges (Argentine Poet, Essayist and Short Story Writer) Jorge Luis Borges Poetry Hispanic Authors & Illustrators
1951 Oscar Hijuelos (New York City-born Hispanic Author: "1990 Pulitzer Prize for The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love") Oscar Hijuelos Hispanic Authors & Illustrators 1990 Pulitzer Prize for The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love Official Website
1965 Reggie Miller (California-born African-American Professional Basketball Player) California Sports Figures Basketball African-American Sports Figures
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1987 Bayard Rustin (Pennsylvania-born African-American Civil Rights Activist) Bayard Rustin U.S. Civil Rights Activist Famous African Americans
1998 Charles C. Diggs (Detroit-born African-American Congress) Detroit Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress Famous African Americans
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1771 Quakers Censure William Corbit of Odessa, Delaware for Owning a Slave Odessa, Delaware Slavery Quakers State of Delaware
1781 Indians Attack American Soldiers Near Aurora, IN, Killing 35, Capturing 64 Indiana Native American Studies Death Indiana Historical Society
1821 Treaty Grants Mexican Independence from Spain Mexico History & Culture Spain History & Culture Hispanic Heritage Texas State Historical Association
1854 Black Abolitionists Begin Three-day Convention in Cleveland, OH Ohio Abolition African-American History University of Virginia
1891 95 Acres Is Purchased Near Dover, Delaware for the Delaware College for Colored Students (Delaware State University) Dover, Delaware Education African-American Heritage Delaware State University State of Delaware
1950 Edith Sampson First African American Appointed to United Nations Delegation The United Nations Edith Sampson Truman Library African-American History Historic Firsts Truman Library
1959 Hawaii's Hiram L. Fong and Daniel K. Inouye First Asian-American Congressmen Hawaiin Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress Asian-American Heritage Historic Firsts The New York Times
1995 Human Rights Activist Harry Wu Expelled by China for Spying China Human Rights Asian-American Heritage CNN

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