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OCTOBER 17

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United States: Black Poetry Day
(Observed in honor of the birth date of Jupiter Hammon, first published African-American poet: 10/17/1711)
American Authors Jupiter Hammon Poetry Famous African-Americans Harcourt
1711 Jupiter Hammon (New York-born African-American Poet) Jupiter Hammon Poetry Famous African Americans
1817 Samuel Ward (Maryland-born African-American Abolitionist) Maryland Political and Social Leaders Abolition African-American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
1909 Cozy Cole (New Jersey-born African-American Jazz Drummer) New Jersey Performing Artists Jazz African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1928 Lerone Bennett, Jr. (Mississippi-born African-American Author, Journalist) Mississippi Authors & Illustrators Journalism Famous African Americans African American Registry
1950 Howard Rollins (Maryland-born African-American Actor) Maryland Performing Aritsts American Performing Artists African American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database African American Registry
1956 Mae Jemison (Alabama-born African-American Astronaut) Mae Jemison Astronauts Famous African Americans
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
2008 Levi Stubbs (Detroit-born African-American Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) Detroit Performing Artists Rock and Roll Hall of Fame African-American Performing Artists National Public Radio
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1924 The Phyllis Wheatley Settlement House (Phyllis Wheatley Community Center) Opens in Minneapolis, Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota African-American Heritage Phyllis Wheatley Community Center Minnesota Historical Society
1933 Albert Einstein Immigrates to the United States Albert Einstein Judaism Immigration New York Times
1935 Texas Negro Peace Officers Association Is First Such Organization Texas African-American Heritage Law Enforcement Historic Firsts Texas State Historical Association
1978 President Jimmy Carter Presents a Special Congressional Medal to Singer Marian Anderson Marian Anderson President Jimmy Carter Opera African-American Performing Artists University of California Santa Barbara
Mashpee Indians Sue for Tribal Recognition Massachusetts Native American Heritage Law and Legal Resources Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1997 ''Che'' Guevara Remains Buried in Cuba, 30 Years after His Execution in Bolivia Cuban Political and Social Leaders 'Che Guevara Hispanic Heritage New York Times

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