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OCTOBER 16

1849 George Washington Williams (Pennsylvania-born African-American Historian, Journalist, Minister) Pennsylvania Authors Journalism African-American Authors African American Registry
1903 Ford Lee "Buck" Washington (Kentucky-born Jazz Musician, Dancer, Comedian) Kentucky Performing Artists Jazz Dance African American Performing Artists Internet Broadway Database African American Registry
1922 Leon Sullivan (West Virginia-born African-American Civil Rights Activist, Opponent of South African Apartheid) Leon Sullivan U.S. Civil Rights Famous African Americans
1932 Henry Lewis (Los Angeles-born African-American Conductor, Music Director, Double Bassist) Los Angeles Performing Artists Classical Musicians African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1942 Joseph Bruchac (New York-born Native-American Children's Author, Poet) Joseph Bruchac Native American Studies Poetry Young-adult Authors
1969 Juan Gonzalez (Puerto Rican Baseball Player) Puerto Rican Sports Figures Baseball Hispanic Sports Figures Biography.com
1972 Kordell Stewart (Louisiana-born African-American Professional Football Player) New Orleans Sports Figures African-American Sports Figures Football
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
2001 Etta Jones (South Carolina-born African-American Jazz Vocalist) South Carolina Performing Artists Jazz African-American Performing Artists National Public Radio
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1826 Potawatomi Indians Agree to Mississinewa Treaty Ceding Land for Indiana's Michigan Road Indiana Potawatomi Indians Historic Documents Kokomo-Howard County Public Library Indiana Historical Society
1854 In Peoria, Abraham Lincoln Denounces Slavery and the Kansas-Nebraska Act in Debate with Douglas Peoria, Illinois Kansas-Nebraska Act Abraham Lincoln Slavery History Channel Lincoln Library
1859 John Brown Leads a Raid on Harpers Ferry Arsenal John Brown Abolition Concordia Library of Congress History Channel African American Registry Virginia Historical Society
1880 Race Riots Break Out in Wilmington, Delaware After 900 Democrats March Past an African-American Lodge Hall Wilmington, Delaware Racism African American Heritage State of Delaware
1901 Booker T. Washington Is the First African American to Dine at the White House with an American President The White House President Theodore Roosevelt Booker T. Washington Historic Firsts Library of Congress
1916 Margaret Sanger Opens First Birth Control Clinic in New York City Margaret Sanger Women Historic Firsts Intellihealth
1968 Tommie Smith & John Carlos Stage Black Power Protest at Olympic Games Mexico 1968 Summer Olympic Games U.S. Civil Rights African-American Heritage African American Registry New York Times
1973 Maynard Jackson Becomes the First African-American Mayor of Atlanta Georgia Political and Social Leaders African-American History Historic Firsts University of Georgia
1995 Nation of Islam Million Man March Is Held in Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. African-American Studies Islam African American Registry

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