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OCTOBER 20

1787 Mary Ramsey Lemons Woods (Tennessee-born "Mother Queen of Oregon") Tennessee Explorers and Pioneers Oregon Explorers and Pioneers Female American Pioneers Westward Expansion SalemOregon.com
1849 William Washington Browne (Georgia-born African-American Insurance Leader) William Washington Browne Notable African Americans
1885 Jelly Roll Morton (Louisiana-born African-American Jazz Pianist, Composer) Jelly Roll Morton Jazz American Composers & Songwriters African-American Composers & Songwriters
1895 Rex Ingram (Illinois-born African-American Actor) Rex Ingram Actors Film Notable African Americans
1930 Samuel Kountz (Arkansas-born African-American Physician) Arkansas Scientists & Mathematicians Medicine African-American Scientists & Mathematicians
1937 Wanda Jackson (Oklahoma-born Rockabilly Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) Wanda Jackson Country & Western Musicians Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Juan Marichal (Dominican Republic-born Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Dominican Republic Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame Latin-American Studies
1946 Elfriede Jelinek (Austrian-born 2004 Nobel Laureate for Literature) Austria Women's Issues 2004 Nobel Laureate for Literature
1950 Nikki Grimes (New York City-born African-American Poet, Children's Author) New York City Authors and Illustrators Primary Children's Authors Young-adult Authors Noted African Americans Poetry
1972 Snoop Dogg (California-born African-American Popular Musician) California Performing Artists Popular Musicians Notable African Americans Internet Movie Database
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1880 Lydia Maria Child (Massachusetts-born Author, Journalist, Abolitionist) Massachusetts Political and Social Leaders American Authors Abolition Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
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1790 Miami Chief Little Turtle Routes U.S. Militia Near Present-Day Fort Wayne, Indiana Fort Wayne, Indiana Miami Indians War Death Ohio Historical Society
1832 Chickasaw Indians Sign Treaty of Pontotoc Ceding All Land East of the Mississippi to the U.S. Chickasaw Indians Historic Documents Alabama
1856 Frederick Douglass Arrives in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin Speaking About the Brutality and Immorality of Slavery Beaver Dam, Wisconsin Frederick Douglass Slavery Wisconsin Historical Society
1962 Dedication Ceremonies Are Held for the Vocational Rehabilitation Center for the Deaf in Delavan, Wisconsin Delavan, Wisconsin Education Deafness Special Needs Education Wisconsin School for the Deaf Wisconsin Historical Society
1994 Marie-Therese Guyon-Cadillac Is Inducted into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame Canadian Pioneers and Explorers Michigan Pioneers and Explorers Female American Pioneers North American Explorers State of Michigan
2007 In Louisiana, Bobby Jindal Is the First Indian-American Elected as Governor of Any U.S. State India Louisiana Political and Social Leaders Elections Historic Firsts CNN

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