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

DECEMBER 23

1815 Madam C.J. Walker (Louisiana-born Businesswoman, Philanthropist; The First African-American Female Millionaire) Madam C.J. Walker African-American Business Leaders
Henry Highland Garnet (Maryland-born African-American Religious Leader, Abolitionist) Maryland Political and Social Leaders Religious Leaders Abolition African-American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
1903 Fredi Washington (Georgia-born African-American Actress, Writer, Dancer, Singer) Georgia Performing Artists Amercian Performing Artists Film Radio African-American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database African American Registry
1935 Esther Phillips (Texas-born African-American Rhythm & Blues Singer) Texas Performing Artists Jazz & Blues African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1951 Keiko Kasza (Japanese-American Children's Author, Illustrator) Japanese Authors Primary Children's Authors Asian-American Authors Houghton-Mifflin Penguin Putnam Redland Oaks Elementary School, Texas
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1947 Bob Lemmons (An African-American Mustanger) Texas Slavery Horses African American Heritage Texas State Historical Association
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1813 In Alabama, American Forces Defeat Creek Warriors and Destroy Their Sacred Town of Holy Ground Alabama Creek Indians Alabama State Archives
1817 In Florida, Fernandina Is Surrendered to U.S. Military Forces by Officers of the "Republic of the Floridas" Independence Movement Fernandina, Florida Hispanic Heritage Florida Historical Society
1836 In Macon, the Georgia Female College (Wesleyan College) Is the First Female College Chartered by an American State Macon, Georgia Education Women Historic Firsts Wesleyan College University of Georgia
1862 Andrew Johnson and Other State Leaders Request That President Lincoln Not Apply the Emancipation Proclamation to Tennessee Tennessee Political and Social Leaders President Abraham Lincoln Andrew Johnson American Civil War Slavery Emancipation Proclamation Lincoln Logs
1879 An African-American Militia Is Organized in Nueces County, Texas Nueces County, Texas African-American Military Figures Texas State Historical Association
1946 President Truman Appoints a Board to Consider Amnesty for Conscientious Objectors Who Refused to Serve During World War II President Harry Truman World War II Human Rights/Civil Rights History Channel
1995 A Fire in Dabwali, India, Kills 540 People, Including 170 Children, Attending a Year-End School Party India Education Child Advocacy Fire Death New York Times

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