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

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1907 Buck Leonard (North Carolina-born African-American Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Buck Leonard Notable African Americans Baseball Hall of Fame
1922 Samuel Pierce Jr. (New York-born African-American Statesman) Samuel Pierce Jr. President Ronald Reagan U.S. Government Notable African Americans
1954 Ruby Bridges (Mississippi-born African-American Subject of Norman Rockwell's School Integration Painting) Ruby Bridges New Orleans U.S. Civil Rights Movement Notable African Americans
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1965 Dorothy Dandridge (Ohio-born African-American Actress) Dorothy Dandridge Actors Film Notable African Americans
1981 Roy Wilkins (Missouri-born African-American Civil Rights Leader) Roy Wilkins Civil Rights Famous African Americans
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1921 Margaret Gorman (D.C.) Is Crowned First Miss America in Atlantic City, N.J. Washington, D.C. Atlantic City, New Jersey Women Historic Firsts
1925 African-American Dr. Ossian Sweet Moves His Family into All-White Detroit Housing Detroit Racism African American History University of Missouri at Kansas City
1944 First German V-2 Rocket Hits London Destroying Homes & Killing 3, Injuring 10 England NAZI Germany World War II Death Channel 4
1957 Althea Gibson 1st African-American Woman to Win U.S. Singles Championship Althea Gibson Tennis African-American History Historic Firsts History Channel
1975 Deborah Montgomery Is the First Woman Admitted to the St. Paul Police Academy St. Paul, Minnesota Women Law Enforcement Historic Firsts St. Paul Police Academy Minnesota Historical Society
2000 U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs Apologizes for ''Legacy of Racism and Inhumanity'' U.S. Government Native American History Racism AKHA Heritage Foundation
2001 Williams Sisters Compete in First All-Black Women's U.S. Open Tennis Final Serena Williams Venus Williams Tennis African-American History African American Registry

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