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1796 Sophia Smith (Massachusetts-born Philanthropist; Founder of Smith College) Massachusetts Political & Social Leaders Philanthropy Educators of Note American Female Social Leaders Smith College
1879 Robert Lee Vann (North Carolina-born Journalist, Lawyer, Politician, Civil Rights Activist, Editor) North Carolina Political & Social Leaders Journalism Law & Legal Resources Civil Rights/Human Rights African-American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
1879 Rose McClendon (North Carolina-born African-American Actress) North Carolina Performing Artists American Performing Artists African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1905 Frederick O'Neal (Mississippi-born African-American Actor, Playwright) Mississippi Performing Artists American Performing Artists Plays African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1909 Lester Young (Mississippi-born African-American Jazz Saxophonist) Lester Young Jazz Popular Musicians African American Performing Artists
1937 Alice Coltrane (Detroit-born African-American Jazz Musician, Composer) Detroit Performing Artists Jazz American Composers African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1962 Yolanda Adams (Texas-born African-American Gospel Singer) Yolanda Adams Gospel Musicians Famous African Americans
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1963 W.E.B. Du Bois (Massachusetts-born African-American Scholar, Author) W.E.B. Du Bois American Authors American Social leaders African American Political and Social Leaders
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1855 Clara Barton Is First Female Federal Employee Given Equality to Men Clara Barton U.S. Government Rights Women Historic Firsts USPTO
1912 In Columbus, the Ohio Women's Suffrage Association Holds the State's First Women's Suffrage Parade Columbus, Ohio Women's Rights Women's Suffrage Historic Firsts Ohio Historical Society
1920 Fay Bridges' Is the First Florida Woman to Vote Following Ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Florida Women Voting 19th Amendment Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1954 The Dover, Delaware School Board Considers School Integration Dover, Delaware Education Racism Brown v. Board of Education State of Delaware
1986 South African Protest in Support of Rent Boycott Turns into a Riot with 12 Dead South Africa Human Rights/Civil Rghts Death South African History
2008 Democratic Illinois Senator Barack Obama Is the First African-American to be Nominated as the Presidential Candidate of a Major U.S. Political Party Illinois Political and Social Leaders Barack Obama 2008 Democratic Convention Historic Firsts African-American Political and Social Leaders CNN

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