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

DECEMBER 14

1855 John Mercer Langston (Virginia-born First African-American Known to be Elected to a Political Position: Clerk, Ohio) Virginia Political and Social Leaders African-American Political and Social Leaders
1898 Lillian Randolph (Kentucky-born African-American Actress) Kentucky Performing Artists African-American Performing Artists Actors Television Film Internet Movie Database African American Registry
1899 Deford Baily (Tennessee-born African-American Musician) Tennessee Performing Artists African-American Performing Artists Country Music African American Registry
1920 Clark Terry (Missouri-born African-American Jazz Trumpeter) Missouri Performing Artists African-American Performing Artists Jazz St. Louis Walk of Fame
Rosemary Sutcliff (English Children's Author) Rosemary Sutcliff Young-adult Authors Special Needs Education
1929 Raymond Patterson (New York City-born African-American Poet) New York City Authors & Illustrators African American Authors & Illustrators Poetry African American Registry
1945 Stanley Crouch (California-born African-American Writer, Essayist) Stanley Crouch African American Authors & Illustrators
1855 John Mercer Langston (Virginia-born First African-American Known to be Elected to a Political Position: Clerk, Ohio) Virginia Political and Social Leaders African-American Political and Social Leaders
Sports Figures
1925 Sam Jones (Ohio-born African-American Professional Baseball Player) Ohio Sports Figures African-American Sports Figures Baseball African American Registry
1939 Ernie Davis (Pennsylvania-born African-American Winner of the 1961 Heisman Trophy) Ernie Davis African-American Sports Figures College Football Hall of Fame 1961 Heisman Trophy Winner
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1963 Dinah Washington (Alabama-born African-American Popular Singer) Alabama Performing Artists African-American Performing Artists Popular Musicians Jazz Internet Movie Database
1978 Iola Bowden Chambers (Texas-born African-American Educator, Director of the Texas Negro Fine Arts School) Texas Political and Social Leaders Educators of Note African-American Heritage Texas State Historical Association
1980 Elston Howard (Missouri-born First African-American to Play for the New York Yankees) Missouri Sports Figures African-American Sports Figures Baseball New York Yankees
Icon
Icon
1859 Georgia Law Prohibits Slave Owners Providing for the Freedom of Slaves in the Event of the Owner's Death Georgia Slavery Law & Legal Resources University of Georgia
1864 President Lincoln Proclaims Ratification of Treaty with Tabeguache Band of Utah Indians Utah President Abraham Lincoln Native American Tribes Lincoln Logs
1918 British Women Vote and Stand for Election for First Time Great Britain Women's Suffrage Voting Historic Firsts
1934 San Antonio's School Defense League Is Founded for Education of Mexican-American Children City of San Antonio Education Hispanic Heritage Texas State Historical Association
1969 3,000 Protest in Seattle for Equal Rights for African-American Construction Workers Washington Labor African-American Heritage History Link
1985 Wilma Mankiller First Woman to Lead Major Native-American Tribe Wilma Mankiller Cherokee Women Historic Firsts New York Times

Have an item you would like for us to add? Let us know!

Click Here! E-mail