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

DECEMBER 28

1810 Thomy Lafon (New Orleans-born African-American Business Leader, Philanthropist) New Orleans Business Leaders Business Philanthropy African-American Business Leaders African American Registry
1871 Frederick Pethick-Lawrence (English Women's Suffrage Movement Leader) English Political and Social Leaders Women Women's Suffrage
1903 Earl Hines (Pennsylvania-born African-American Jazz Pianist, Bandleader) Pennsylvania Performing Artists Jazz African American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database Biography.com New York Times African American Registry
1915 Roebuck "Pops" Staples (Mississippi-born African-American Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) Mississippi Performing Artists Rock and Roll Hall of Fame African American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database African American Registry
1927 Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard (Maryland-born African-American Children's Author) Maryland Authors Primary Authors African-American Authors Slippery Rok University Houghton-Mifflin PIttsburgh Post-Gazette
1941 Otha Richard Sullivan (Mississippi-born Children's Author of African-American History) Mississippi Authors Young Adult Authors African-American Heritage Mississippi Writer's Project
1951 Syl Jones (Ohio-born African-American Playwright) Ohio Authors Plays African American Authors African American Registry
1954 Denzel Washington (New York-born Academy Award-Winning African-American Actor) New York Performing Artists American Performing Artists Film African American Performing Artists Biography.com African American Registry
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1952 Fletcher "Smack" Henderson (Georgia-born African-American Jazz Pianist, Arranger, Bandleader) Georgia Performing Artists Blues & Jazz African-American Performing Artists University of Georgia
1976 Freddie King (Texas-born African-American Blues Musician) Texas Performing Artists Blues & Jazz African-American Performing Artists Texas State Historical Association
Icon
Icon
1816 The American Colonization Society Is Organized in Washington, D.C. to Return African Americans to Africa Africa Washington, D.C. African-American Heritage University of Georgia
1832 Pro-Slavery John C. Calhoun Resigns As Andrew Jackson's Vice President to Fill an Empty South Carolina Senate Seat John C. Calhoun U.S. Senate President Andrew Jackson Slavery History Channel
1835 108 U.S. Soldiers Are Killed When Ambushed by Seminoles in Sumter County, Florida Sumter County, Florida Seminole Indians War Death Florida Historical Society University of Georgia
1928 Ma Rainey, Known as the "Mother of the Blues," Makes Her Last Recording Ma Rainey Blues & Jazz African-American Performing Artists University of Georgia
1981 Elizabeth Jordan Carr, the First American Test-Tube Baby, Is Born in Norfolk, Virginia Norfolk, Virginia Medical Research Child Advocacy Historic Firsts New York Times

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

Click Here! E-mail