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

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1868 Henry Hugh Proctor (Tennessee-born African-American Minister, Civil Rights Activist) Tennessee Political and Social Leaders Religious Leaders Civil Rights Notable African Americans
1886 Diego Rivera (Mexican Artist) Diego Rivera Latin-American Studies
1903 Zelma Watson George (Texas-born African-American Activist, UN Delegate, Opera Singer, Educator) Texas Political and Social Leaders Civil Rights/Human Rights African American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
1925 Sammy Davis, Jr. (New York City-born African-American Singer, Dancer, Actor) Sammy Davis, Jr. Actors Film Television Dance Notable African Americans
1928 Jimmy Smith (Pennsylvania-born African-American Musician, Songwriter) Pennsylvania Performing Artists Popular Musicians American Composers Notable African Americans African American Registry
1933 Flip Wilson (New Jersey-born African-American Comedian) New Jersey Performing Artists Television Notable African Americans African American Registry
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1702 The Duke of Alburquerque Arrives in Mexico City to Assume Duties as the 34th Viceroy of New Spain Mexico Political and Social Leaders Spain Political and Social Leaders Albuquerque, New Mexico Latin-American Heritage New Mexico Magazine
1787 California's La Purísima Concepción Is Founded by Father Fermin Lasuén California California Missions Hispanic Heritage California Missions
1850 Lucy Ann Stanton Is First African-American Women to Earn College Degree Ohio Education African-American History Women Historic Firsts Mason Public Library
1896 U.S. Patent Issued to J.T. White for an Improved Lemon Squeezer Patents and Trademarks Inventors & Inventions Foods & Nutrition African-American Scientists & Inventors About.com
1936 NAACP Sues for Equal Pay for African-American Teachers: Gibbs v. Board of Education NAACP Maryland Education African-American Heritage Law & Legal Resource Montgomery County Historical Society
NAACP Presents Springarn Medal Posthumously to John Hope, President Morehouse College NAACP Education African-American Political and Social Leaders University of Georgia Morehouse College
1947 Brooklyn Dodgers Trade Dixie Walker, Outspoken Critic of Jackie Robinson New York City Jackie Robinson Baseball African-American History Racism Baseball Library
1960 The Lazy Mountain Children's Home Near Palmer, Alaska Is Destroyed by Fire Palmer, Alaska Child Advoacy Fire Alaska
1961 Wilt Chamberlain Scores 78 points for the Philadelphia Warriors Against Lakers Wilt Chamberlain Basketball Hall of Fame Notable African Americans New York Times
1965 British Law Makes Racial Discrimination Illegal in Public Places British Government Racism Law and Legal Resources BBC
1969 Police Raid Black Panther Headquarters in Los Angeles Los Angeles African-American History African Amercian Registry
1987 Kurt Lidell Schmoke Inaugurated as First African-American Mayor of Baltimore Maryland African-American History Baltimore City News

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