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


1812 Sherman M. Booth (New York-born Abolitionist, Editor) New York Authors Abolition Journalism Wisconsin Historical Society
1930 Bell Hooks (Kentucky-born African-American Author, Feminist and Social Critic) Bell Hooks African American Authors
1951 Bob McAdoo (North Carolina-born African-American Member of the Basketball Hall of Fame) North Carolina Sports Figures Basketball Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures
1952 Christopher Reeve (New York City-born Actor) New York City Performing Artists Film Actors Special Needs Education
1961 James E. Ransome (North Carolina-born African-American Children's Author, Illustrator) North Carolina Authors & Illustrator Primary Authors American Artists Noted African Americans
1963 Andrea Davis Pinkney (Washington, D.C.-born African-American Children's Author) Andrea Davis Pinkney Young-adult Authors Noted African Americans
1965 Scottie Pippen (Arkansas-born African-American Professional Basketball Player) Arkansas Sports Figures Basketball Famous African Americans
1968 Will Smith (Pennsylvania-born African-American Actor) Will Smith Actors Television Film Famous African Americans
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1861 U.S. Secretary of the Navy, Gideon Welles, Authorizes Enlistment of Slaves as Union Sailors American Civil War Slavery African-American Military Figures National Archives African American Registry
1862 President Lincoln Promises to Investigate Treaty Obligations Between the U.S. and the Cherokee Nation Cherokee Indians John Ross President Abraham Lincoln Historic U.S. Documents Lincoln Library
1895 The Colored Baptist Foreign Mission Convenes in Atlanta with Delegates from Every State Atlanta, Georgia Religion African-American Heritage University of Georgia
1957 Federal Troops Escort Nine African-American Students Into Little Rock Central High School, Arkansas 1957 Desegregation of Little Rock Central H.S Dwight Eisenhower Education U.S. Civil Rights African-American History History Channel New York Times
1962 Sonny Liston KOs Floyd Patterson for Boxing's World Heavyweight Championship Floyd Patterson Arkansas Sports Figures Floyd Patterson - Boxing Hall of Fame Sonny Liston - Boxing Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures New York Times
1981 Sandra Day O'Connor Is Sworn in As First Female Justice, U.S. Supreme Court Sandra Day O'Connor U.S. Supreme Court Women Historic Firsts History Channel Oyez

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