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OCTOBER 15

1830 Helen Fiske Hunt Jackson (Massachusetts-born Author, Poet, Advocate for Native American Rights) Massachusetts Authors & Illustrators Native-American Heritage Human Rights Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1906 Victoria Spivey (Texas-born African-American Jazz Vocalist, Pianist) Texas Performing Artists Jazz & Blues African American Performing Artists African American Registry
1953 Tito Jackson (Indiana-born African-American Popular Singer, "The Jackson Five") Michael Jackson Popular Musicians African American Performing Artists
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1880 Victorio (Chiricahua Apache Leader Killed South of El Paso, Texas) Texas Apache Indians Native-American Studies Westward Expansion History Channel
1884 James Thompson (The First African-American Resident of St. Paul, Minnesota; Only Slave Sold in Minnesota St. Paul, Minnesota Slavery African-American Heritage Minnesota Historical Society
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1780 1,000 British Regulars, Hessians, Loyalists and Indians Launch a Failed Attack Upon Middleburgh, New York Great Britain Middleburgh, New York Native American Heritage American Revolution History Channel
1880 Chiricahua Apache Leader Victorio Is Killed South of El Paso, Texas Texas Apache Indians Native-American Studies Westward Expansion Death History Channel
1882 U.S. Supreme Court Declares the Civil Rights Act of 1875 Unconstitutional U.S. Supreme Court Civil Rights U.S. Constitution Law and Legal Resources African American Heritage
1885 Morris Brown College Opens in Atlanta, Georgia Atlanta, Georgia Education African American Heritage Morris Brown College African American Registry
1900 Newspaper Publisher, William Randolph Hearst, Hosts Benefit in New York City for Orphans of the Galveston, Texas Hurricane New York City San Francisco Business Leaders Galveston, Texas Hurricanes Child Advocacy Philanthropy Texas State Historical Association
1917 Secretary of War Newton D. Baker Appoints Emmett Scott AS Special Assistant to Help Reduce Racial Tension Texas Military Figures Racism U,S. Army World War I African-American Heritage Texas State Historical Association
1964 Florida's Bob Hayes Wins the Olympic Gold Medal in the 100-meter Dash at the Tokyo Games Bob Hayes Track and Field 1964 Summer Olympics African-American Sports Figures Florida Historical Society
1966 In Oakland, California, Huey Newton, Bobby Seale and David Hilliard Outline a 10 Point Platform for the Founding of the Black Panther Party Oakland, California Rights African-American Political and Social Leaders University of California, Berkeley African American Registry
1968 Wyomia Tyus Wins Second Consecutive Olympic Gold for 100M Dash Georgia Sports Figures The Olympics Track & Field Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures International Olympic Committee
1971 Minnesota's Supreme Court Rules the State's Prohibition of Same-Sex Marriages Is Constitutional Minnesota Supreme Court Human Rights/Civil Rights U.S. Constitution Minnesota Historical Society
1972 Jackie Robinson Throws Out the Ceremonial First Pitch at the Second Game of the World Series Jackie Robinson Baseball World Series Baseball Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures Library of Congress
1984 The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Establishes a Facility to Train Indian Tribal Police Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Native American Heritage Law Enforcement U.S. Treasury
1986 Edward J. Perkins First African-American Ambassador to South Africa. South Africa Ronald Reagan U.S. Government African-American History
1991 The U.S. Senate Confirms Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, 52-48 Georgia Poltiical and Social Leaders U.S. Senate U.S. Supreme Court African-American Poltiical and Social Leaders History Channel University of Georgia
2003 In New Orleans, the Louis Armstrong House Is Opened as a Museum Louis Armstrong Museums Jazz African-American Performing Artists  Louis Armstrong House African American Registry

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