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1802 Mercy Jackson (Massachusetts-born Physician) Massachusetts Scientists and Mathematicians Female Scientists & Mathematicians Health Professions
1866 Mary Talbert Burnett (Ohio-born African-American Educator; Founding Member and President of the NAACP) Ohio Political and Social Leaders Educators of Note NAACP African-American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
1879 Andrew "Rube" Foster (Texas-born African-American Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Rube Foster Baseball Hall of Fame Famous African Americans
1926 Jack McDuff (Illinois-born African-American Jazz Organist) Illinois Performing Artists Jazz African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1937 Orlando Cepeda (Puerto Rican Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Orlando Cepeda Baseball Latin American Sports Figures
1960 Kevin Clash (Maryland-born African-American Puppeteer: Voice of the Muppet Elmo) Maryland Performing Artists Puppeteers African-American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database African American Registry
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1858 Dred Scott (Virginia-born African-American Slave Who Sued for His Freedom) Virginia Political & Social Leaders Slavery United States Supreme Court The Law and Legal Resources
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1727 From Montreal, Réné Boucher Lands on the Western Shore of Minnesota's Lake Pepin to Trade Furs with the Indians Canadian Explorers and Pioneers Minnesota Native-American Heritage North American Explorers Catholic Encyclopedia MInnesota Historicla Association
1778 Iroquois Indians and British Loyalists Burn German Flats (Herkimer), New York Herkimer, New York Mohawk Nation American Revolution History Channel
1845 In Texas, U.S. Army Officer Paints Watercolor of Kiowa Chief Dohäsan Texas Kiowa Indians American Artists Texas State Historical Association
1862 President Lincoln Completes a Second Draft of the Emancipation Proclamation President Lincoln Slavery Emancipation Proclamation Lincoln Logs
1866 In Jefferson City, Missouri, Lincoln University Opens for Its First Classes Jefferson City, Missouri Education African-American Heritage Lincoln University African American Registry
1868 Cheyenne and Sioux Decimate Frontiersmen in Colorado Attack Colorado Cheyenne Nation Sioux Nation Westward Expansion Death History Channel
1883 The Delaware German-American Saengerbund Holds Its First Volksfest at Wilmington's Shuetzen Park Germany Wilmington, Delaware Historic First Delaware German-American Saengerbund State of Delaware
1957 Louis Armstrong Cancels Goodwill Trip to Russia Due to U.S. Racial Unrest Louis Armstrong Soviet Union American Civil Rights African-American History History Channel
1973 Illinois is the First State to Legislate Martin Luther King Jr. Day Illinois Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic Firsts African-American Heritage City of Berkeley, California
1983 Vanessa Williams Is First African American Crowned as Miss America Women African-American Heritage Historic Firsts African American Registry
1994 Heather Whitestone of Alabama Is First Deaf Woman Crowned Miss America Alabama Deafness Historic Firsts Heather Whitestone New York Times
In Greenville, Mississippi, the U.S. Postal Service Releases a Stamp Honoring Georgia's "Ma" Rainey Greenville, Mississippi Ma Rainey Blues & Jazz Rock and Roll Hall of Fame African-American Performing Artists U.S. Postal Service University of Georgia

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