Return Today in the History of America's Diversity Heritage Return


1889 Willis Richardson (North Carolina-born African-American Playwright; the First to Have a Nonmusical Play Produced on Broadway) North Carolina Authors Plays African-American Authors African American Registry
1901 Etta Moten Barnett (Texas-born African-American Singer) Texas Performing Artists Popular Singers African-American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry Internet Movie Database
1951 Marisa Montes (Puerto Rican Children's Author) Marisa Montes Primary Children's Authors Young-adult Authors Latin-American Authors
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1956 Art Tatum (Ohio-born African-American Jazz Pianist, Improviser) Art Tatum Jazzs African-American Performing Artists
1600 The King of Spain Orders the Governor of Cuba to Investigate the Worthiness of St. Augustine as a Permanent Fortress and City in Florida Spain Cuba St. Augustine, Florida Forts Latin-American Heritage Florida Historical Society
1734 Massachusetts Missionary John Sergeant Opens a School for Mohican Indian Children Massachusetts Native Americans Education Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1862 307 Santee Sioux Sentenced to Die for Participation in the U.S.-Dakota War Minnesota Sioux Indians Native-American Heritage Law & Legal Resources History Channel Minnesota Historical Society
1872 Suffragist Susan B. Anthony Is Fined $100 for Attempting to Vote in a Presidential Election Susan B. Anthony Women's Suffrage Voting Rights Crime New York Times
1875 Minnesota Extends Suffrage to Women for School Elections Minnesota Government Education Women's Suffrage Voting Rights Minnesota Historical Society
1893 Columns by the 20-year-old Willa Cather Begin Appearing in the Nebraska State Journal Willa Cather Nebraska Media Journalism History Channel
1912 Oregon Voters Ratify an Amendment to the State Constitution Extending Suffrage to Women Oregon State Constitution Women's Suffrage Voting Rights
Wisconsin's Men Vote 63% to 37% to Reject a Referendum Extending Suffrage to Women Wisconsin Women's Suffrage Voting Rights Wisconsin Historical Association
1917 In Buchanan v. Warley, the U.S. Supreme Court Rules States May Not Segregate Neighborhoods by Race U.S. Supreme Court Racism Housing Law and Legal Resources African American Registry Cornell University
1968 Shirley Chisholm Is the First African-American Woman Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives Shirley Chisholm Elections U.S. House of Representatives Women African-American Political and Social Leader Historic Firsts PBS
Leon P. Miller Is the First African-American Judge Elected to Office in West Virginia West Virginia Political and Social Leaders Elections Law and Legal Resources African-American Political and Social Leader Historic Firsts West Virginia State Archives
1974 Connecticut's Ella T. Grasso Is the First Women to be Elected Governor Without First Succeeding Her Husband Connecticut Women Politics & Elections Historic Firsts New York Times
1989 Civil Rights Memorial Is Dedicated in Montgomery, Alabama Alabama U.S. Civil Rights African-American History Southern Poverty Law Center
1990 Conservative Rabbi Meir Kahane Is Assassinated in New York City by Egyptian Militant Egypt New York City Political and Social Leader Judaism Middle East History Death History Channel
1994 45-year-old George Foreman Regains Boxing's Heavyweight Championship George Foreman Boxing Hall of Boxing History Channel New York Times
1998 A Genetic Study Shows Strong Evidence That Thomas Jefferson Fathered at Least One Child By His Slave, Sally Hemings. President Thomas Jefferson Slavery Child Advocacy DNA African-American Heritage New York Times
2005 Governor George Pataki Signs Law Designating February 15th as Susan B. Anthony Day in the State of New York New York Government Susan B. Anthony Women Women's Suffrage Susan B. Anthony House

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