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OCTOBER 12

1879 Chris Smith (South Carolina-born African-American Songwriter, Performer) South Carolina Performing Artists American Composers and Songwriters African-American Composers & Songwriters African American Registry
1885 William Samuel Quinland (Antigua-born African-American Pathologist) Antiguan Scientists & Mathematicians Medical Research Anatomy African-American Scientists & Mathematicians Intellihealth
1889 Perle Mesta (Michigan-born Women's Rights Activist, U.S. Diplomat) Michigan Political and Social Leaders Women's Rights Rights U.S. Government
1904 William Montague Cobb (Washington, D.C.-born African-American Civil Rights Activist) Washington, D.C. Polticial and Social Leaders U.S. Civil Rights Movement African-American Political & Social Leaders NAACP African American Registry
1908 Ann Lane Petry (Connecticut-born African-American Children's Author) Ann Lane Petry Primary Children's Authors African-American Authors
1916 Alice Childress (South Carolina-born African-American Playwright, Novelist, Children's Author) Alice Childress Plays Young-adult Authors African-American Authors
1919 Dorie Miller (Texas-born African-American Recipient of the Navy Cross for Heroism at Pearl Harbor)) Texas Military Leaders American Military Leaders African-American Political & Social Leaders African American Registry
1925 Charles Gordone (Ohio-born African-American Playwright Awarded 1970 Pulitzer Prize for Drama) Charles Gordone Plays African-American Authors & Illustrators 1970 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
1927 Antonia Rey (Cuban-born Latin-American Actress) Cuban Performing Artists Actors Film Hispanic Heritage Internet Movie Database
1932 Dick Gregory (Missouri-born African-American Comedian, Civil Rights Activist) Dick Gregory American Performing Artists U.S. Civil Rights Movement African-American Performing Artists
1975 Marion Jones (Los Angeles-born Track and Field Athlete) Los Angeles Sports Figures Track and Field African-American Sports Figures Biography
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1999 Wilt Chamberlain (Pennsylvania-born African-American Member of the Basketball Hall of Fame) Wilt Chamberlain Basketball Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures
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1285 180 Jews Are Burned Alive At Their Munich Synagogue Germany Judiasm Death World Zionist Organization
1850 Female Medical College of Pennsylvania Opens to 40 Students and 6 Faculty Pennsylvania Medicine Women Historic Firsts Homéopathe International
1896 Alabama Girls' Industrial School (University of Montevallo) Opens Its Doors Alabama Women University of Montevallo Alabama State Archives
1958 Dynamite Explosion Destroys Interior of the Atlanta Jewish Temple Georgia Judaism Terrorism University of Georgia
1972 Racial Violence Breaks Out On Board the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk Vietnam War Racism Naval History History Channel
Stevie Wonder Registers Words and Music for "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" Trademarks & Copyright American Composers and Songwriters African-American Composers and Songwriters USPTO

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