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

DECEMBER 29

1897 Jules Bledsoe (Texas-born African-American Baritone, Operatic Performer) Texas Performing Artists Opera African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1907 Robert Clifton Weaver (Washington, D.C.-born African-American Economist; First African American to Serve in a Presidential Cabinet) Washington, D.C-born Political and Social Leaders President John F. Kennedy President Lyndon Johnson African-Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
1910 Mildred "Millie" Jeffrey (Iowa-born Labor and Civil-Rights Activist) Iowa-born Political and Social Leaders Labor Human Rights/Civil Rights UAW African American Registry
1912 Lewis Jackson (Indiana-born African-American Member of the Tuskegee Airmen; President of Central State University) Indiana Military Figures Aviation Military History Education Tuskegee Airmen Central State University African-American Military Figures African-American Registry Indiana Weslyn University Timothy R. Gaffney
1917 Thomas Bradley (Texas-born First African American Mayor of Los Angeles) Texas Political and Social Leaders Los Angeles Political and Social Leaders African-American Political and Social Leaders African-American Registry
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
2008 Freddie Hubbard (Indiana-born Grammy-Winning African-American Jazz Musician) Freddie Hubbard Jazz Grammy Awards African-American Performing Artists
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1693 Spanish Soldiers and Pecos Pueblo Warriors Begin 2-day Battle to re-Conquer Santa Fe from Pueblo Rebels Santa Fe, New Mexico Pueblo Indians War Death New Mexico Magazine
1824 Leon County, Florida Is Established and Named for Ponce de Leon Ponce de Leon Leon County, Florida Hispanic Heritage Florida Historical Society
1835 In the Treaty of New Echota, the Cherokee Cede Their Lands East of the Mississippi for $5M and Western Land U.S. Government Cherokee Historic U.S. Documents Trail of Tears Alabama State Archive University of Georgia
1838 Georgia's Cherokee Indian Citizenship Act Grants Full Citizenship to 22 Families of Mixed Cherokee-White Ancestry Georgia Cherokee Historic U.S. Documents University of Georgia
1845 Texas Enters the Union as a Slave State Texas Slavery U.S. History History Channel Texas State Historical Association
1862 President Lincoln Reads the Emancipation Proclamation to Cabinet for Criticism and Discusses Creation of New State of West Virginia West Virginia President Abraham Lincoln Slavery Emancipation Proclamation Lincoln Logs
1890 In South Dakota, 300+ People Die When U.S. Soldiers Open Fire on an Indian Encampment at Wounded Knee Wounded Knee, South Dakota Native-American Heritage Death Writer's Almanac History Channel
1970 29-year-old Rhea Pincus Grossman Is the First Women Appointed as a Circuit Judge (Eleventh Circuit, Dade County, Florida) Dade County, Florida American Women in Politics and Government Law and Legal Resources Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1975 Britain's Sex Discrimination and Equal Pay Acts Become Law to Equalize Workplace Opportunities for Women Great Britain Women Civil Rights/Human Rights Labor Laws and Legal Resources BBC

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