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1926 Big Mama Thornton (Alabama-born African-American Blues Singer, Harmonica Player) Big Mama Thornton Jazz & Blues Famous African Americans
1938 McCoy Tyner (Pennsylvania-born African-American Jazz Pianist) McCoy Tyner Jazz & Blues African American Performing Artists
1932 Rita Moreno (Puerto Rican Actress, Singer, Dancer Awarded 1961 Academy Award for Supporting Actress) Rita Moreno Latin-American Studies 1977 Emmy Award for The Muppet Show and the 1978 Emmy for The Rockford Files 1961 Academy Award for West Side Story 1975 Tony Award for Best Support Actress 1972 Grammy Award for Best Recording for Children
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1737 Lipan Apache Chief, Cabellos Colorados (Red Hair), Is Captured by Spanish Forces Apache Indians Texas State Historical Association
1872 Acting Governor of Louisiana, Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback, Is America's First African-American Governor. Louisiana Political and Social Leaders African-American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts New York Times
1886 The Colored Farmers' National Alliance and Cooperative Union Is Formed in Houston County, Texas Houston County, Texas Labor African-American Heritage Texas State Historical Association
1906 Addressing Puerto Rico's Congress Theodore Roosevelt Recommends Citizenship for Puerto Ricans Theodore Roosevelt Puerto Rico Latin-American Heritage Library of Congress
1946 UNICEF Is Founded UNICEF Child Avocacy History Channel
1960 8,000 African-Americans Gather in Atlanta to Demonstrate Support for Boycott of the City's Stores Georgia African-American Heritage Civil Rights University of Georgia
1964 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Receives the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway Norway Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Nobel Foundation Technology and Society
1981 Muhammad Ali Loses Final Fight to Trevor Berbick Muhammad Ali Boxing Hall of Fame Famous African-Americans New York Times
1999 Four Oak Trees Sacred to the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community Are Cut Down for a Minneapolis Highway Minneapolis, Minnesota Native American Heritage Trees Transportation Minnesota Historical Society
2000 Shortstop Alex Rodriguez Signs Most Lucrative Contract in Sports History: $252M with the Texas Rangers New York City Sports Figures Economics & Business Major League Baseball Latin-American Sports Figures New York Times

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