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DECEMBER 2

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United Nations: International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
(Observed December 2 in accordance with U.N. resolution 317 (IV): 12/2/1949)
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1891 Charles Wesley (Kentucky-born African-American Historian, Educator) Kentucky Authors African-American Authors African American Registry
1902 Wilfredo Lam (Cuban Artist) Cuban Artists Hispanic Artists African American Registry
1922 Charles Diggs (Detroit-born African-American Member of the U.S. Congress) Detroit Political & Social Leaders United States Congress African-American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
1967 Lucy Liu (New York City-born Asian-American Actress) New York City Performing Artists Actors Film Asian-American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1859 John Brown (Virginia-born Abolitionist: Hanged) Harper's Ferry John Brown Abolition Notorious Americans
2008 Odetta (Alabama-born African-American Folk Musician) Odetta Folk Musicians Civil Rights/Human Rights African-American Performing Artists
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1830 In Lenawee County, Michigan, Elizabeth Chandler Organizes the State's First Antislavery Society Lenawee County, Michigan Abolition Historic Firsts State of Michigan
1859 Abolitionist John Brown Is Hanged in Virginia (West Virginia) for His Raid on Harper's Ferry Harper's Ferry John Brown Abolition Notorious Americans Death Virginia Military Institute PBS West Virginia Virginia Archives Virginia Historical Society University of Georgia
Governor Joseph E. Brown Signs Legislation Incorporating the Lucy Cobb Institute for the Education of Young Ladies in Athens, Georgia Athens, Georgia Education Women University of Georgia
1865 Alabama's Legislature Ratifies the 13th Amendment Abolishing Slavery with Provision Alabama Slavery 13th Amendment Alabama State Archives
1884 Granville T. Woods Receives His First Patent for a Telephone Transmitter Granville T. Woods Patents & Trademarks Inventors & Inventions The Telephone Famous African Americans Cincinnati Public Library
1927 Black Nationalist Marcus Garvey Is Deported to Jamaica Jamaica African-American History PBS
1957 Sam Cooke's "You Send Me" Deposes Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock" as #1 Song in America Mississippi Performing Artists Elvis Presley African-American Performing Artists Popular Music Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
1983 Michael Jackson's Thriller Video Is Released Michael Jackson Popular Music Famous African Americans Internet Movie Database

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