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1902 James Lesesne Wells (Georgia-born African-American Artist) James Lesesne Wells African-American Artists
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1778 4-year-old Frances Slocum Is Stolen from Her Pennsylvania Home by Delaware Indians Frances Slocum Delaware Indians Rootsweb
1846 Mary Ann Smith Is the First Oregon Woman to Obtain a Divorce Oregon Women Civil Rights Law and Legal Resources Historic Firsts
1880 In Washington, Clara McCarty Is Elected Superintendent of Pierce County Schools Pierce County, Washington Educators of Note Female American Political and Social Leaders Elections HistoryLink
1915 Massachusetts Referendum Fails in Attempt to Give Women the Right to Vote Massachusetts Women Women's Suffrage Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1920 First Presidential Election in Which Women Are Allowed to Vote Warren G. Harding The American Presidency Presidential Elections Women Historic Firsts
1954 Charles Diggs Is Elected As Michigan's First African American Congressman Michigan Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress African-American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts State of Michigan
1974 Hank Aaron Is Traded from the Atlanta Braves to the Milwaukee Brewers Hank Aaron African-American Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame USA Today
1978 M. William Howard Elected As Youngest-ever President of the National Council of Churches Georgia Political and Social Leaders Religion African-American Political and Social Leaders National Council of Churches Concordia
1982 Ileana Ros Is the First Hispanic Woman Elected to the Florida Legislature Florida Political and Social Leaders Female American Women Political and Social Leaders Hispanic Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts Florida State Historical Society
1983 U.S. President Ronald Reagan Signs Bill Setting 3rd Monday of January as Martin Luther King Day Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. President Reagan Holidays African American Registry
1992 Nydia Velázques Elected As First Puerto Rican Woman in U.S. Congress U.S. Congress Puerto Rican Political and Social Leaders Women Hispanic Heritage Historic Firsts
1993 Sharon Sayles Belton Is Elected Mayor of Minneapolis, the First African American and the First Female to Hold the Office Minneapolis, Minnesota American Women Leaders in Politics African-American Political and Social Leaders Elections Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1995 Former South African Defence Minister Charged with Apartheid Murders Apartheid Racism Law and Legal Resources BBC

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