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DECEMBER 19

1820 Mary Ashton Livermore (Massachusetts-born advocate of Women's Rights, Women's Suffrage) Mary Ashton Livermore Women's Rights Voting Human Rights/Civil Rights
1875 Carter Woodson (Virginia-born African-American Historian, Educator) Carter Woodson Education African-American History
1897 Martin Luther King, Sr. (Georgia-born African-American Religious Leaders: Father of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) Georgia Political and Social Leaders Martin Luther King, Jr. Religion Human Rights/Civil Rights University of Georgia
1901 Oliver LaFarge (New York City-born Anthropologist, Author Awarded the 1930 Pulitzer Prize for Novel) New York City Authors & Illustrators Native-American Studies 1930 Pulitzer Prize for Novel
1918 Henry Byrd (Professor Longhair: Louisiana-born African-American Jazz Pianist) Louisiana Performing Artists Jazz African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1933 Cicely Tyson (New York City-born African-American Actress) Cicely Tyson Actors Television Film Famous African Americans
1961 Reggie White (Tennessee-born African-American Member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame) Tennessee Sports Figures Football Hall of Fame Famous African Americans African American Registry
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1620 Landing Party from The Mayflower Returns Ashore Seeking Site for Settlement Plymouth Colony MayflowerHistory.com (pdf)
1793 Georgia Legislation Places a 50 Tax on Any Slave Imported from Outside the State Georgia Slavery Economics University of Georgia
1819 State Legislation Prohibits Free Blacks from Purchasing or Acquiring Real Estate in Georgia Georgia Economics Law and Legal Resources African-American Heritage University of Georgia
1832 San Antonio Submits Grievances Seeking to Separate Texas form the Mexican State of Coahuila Mexico Texas Hispanic Heritage Texas State Historical Association
1837 Colonel Zachary Taylor Leads a Force of 1,000 Men Against the Seminoles in Southern Florida Florida Seminole Indians Zachary Taylor Florida
1868 Congress Investigates Threats, Intimidation, Murder of Georgia African-Americans Attempting to Vote Georgia U.S. Congress Voting Crime African-American Heritage University of Georgia
1906 Koochiching County Is Established, Named with the Cree Word for Rainy Lake Koochiching County, Minnesota Cree Indians Minnesota Historical Society
1957 In Minneapolis, L. Howard Bennett Is the First African American Judge Appointed in Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota Law & Legal Resources Historic Firsts African-American Political and Social Leaders Minnesota Historical Society
1961 The Last of the Civil Rights Workers Are Released from the Albany, Georgia Jail Georgia Human Rights/Civil Rights University of Georgia

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