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DECEMBER 25

1834 James Sidney Hinton (North Carolina-born First African American Elected to the Indiana House of Representatives) North Carolina Poltical and Social Leaders Indiana Poltical and Social Leaders African-American Poltical and Social Leaders Indiana Historical Society
1835 Benjamin Tucker Tanner (Pennsylvania-born Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church) Pennyslvania Political and Social Leaders Religious Leaders, Theologians African-American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
1886 Edward "Kid" Ory (Louisiana-born African-American Dixieland Jazz Trombonist, Composer, Bandleader) Louisiana Peforming Artists Jazz American Composers and Songwriters African-American Peforming Artists African American Registry
1907 Cab Calloway (New York-born African-American Singer, Bandleader, Dancer) New York Performing Artists American Performing Artists Popular Musicians Dance African-American Performing Artists Biography.com History Channel African American Registry
1937 O'Kelly Isley (Ohio-born African-American Popular Singer, "The Isley Brothers") Ohio Peforming Artists Popular Musicians African-American Peforming Artists Internet Movie Database African American Registry
1951 Pam Muñoz Ryan (California-born Latin-American Children's Author) Pam Muñoz Ryan Primary Children's Authors Latin American Studies
1959 Michael Anderson (New York-born African-American Astronaut; Perished 2/1/2003 in Space Shuttle Columbia) Michael Anderson Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster African-American Explorers and Astronauts
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1992 Helen Beatrice May Joseph (South African Political and Human Rights Activist) South African Political and Social Leaders Apartheid Human Rights/Civil Rights South African History
2006 James Brown (Georgia-born African-American Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) Georgia Performing Artists Rock and Roll Hall of Fame African-American Performing Artists University of Georgia
2008 Eartha Kitt (South Carolina-born African-American Emmy-Award Winning Actress, Singer) Eartha Kitt Popular Musicians American Performing Artists Batman Emmy Awards African-American Performing Artists
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1837 Named for Major Francis Dade Who Was Massacred by Seminole Indians, Dade County Is Created as Georgia's 92nd County Dade County, Georgia University of Georgia
1951 In Mims, Florida, Civil Rights Activists Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Are Killed When a Bomb Explodes in Their Home Mims, Florida Racism Civil Rights, Human Rights Terrorism Christmas African-American Heritage Florida Historical Society
2002 Katie Hnida Is the First Woman to Play in a Division I College Football Game Attempting an Extra Point for New Mexico Against UCLA New Mexico Sports Figures Football Female Sports Figures Historic Firsts University of New Mexico Football UCLA Football New York Times

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