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

DECEMBER 31

1896 Amy Jacques Garvey (Jamaican Feminist, Journalist, Rights Activist) Jamaican Political and Social Leaders Women Journalism Human Rights, Civil Rights African American Registry
1900 Selma Burke (North Carolina-born African-American Artist, Sculptor) North Carolina Artists American Artists African-American Artists African American Registry
1905 Frank Marshall Davis (Kansas-born African-American Poet, Journalist) Kansas Authors Journalism Poetry African-American Authors African American Registry
1908 Simon Wiesenthal (Ukrainian-Austrian Jewish Holocaust Survivor Dedicated His Life to Bringing Nazi War Criminals to Justice) Ukrainian Political and Social Leaders Judaism The Holocaust Nazi Germany War Crimes World War II Biography
1909 Jonah Jones (Kentucky-born African-American Jazz Trumpeter) Kentucky Performing Artists Jazz African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1930 Jaime Escalante (Bolivian-American Educator) Jaime Escalante Educators of Note Latin-American Political and Social Leaders
Odetta (Alabama-born African-American Folk Musician) Odetta Folk Musicians African-American Performing Artists
1948 Donna Summer (Massachusetts-born African-American Singer) Massachusetts Performing Artists Popular Musicians African-Amrican Performing Artists Biography
1968 Junot Díaz (Dominican-born Latin-American Author Awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) Junot Díaz Hispanic Authors 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1972 Roberto Clemente (Puerto Rican Hall of Fame Baseball Player; Died in a Plane Crash Attempting to Deliver Humanitarian Aid to Nicaragua) Nicaragua Roberto Clemente Baseball Hall of Fame Air Disasters Latin-American Sports Figures History Channel New York Times
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1730 James Oglethorpe Is Elected to the Board of Governors of the Royal African Company, Responsible for Overseeing Britain's Slave Trade Great Britain Slavery University of Georgia
1792 An Official Spanish Census of Texas Records 414 Mulattoes and 34 Negroes in a Total Population of 1,617 Males and 1,375 Females Spain Texas Demographics Latin-American Heritage African-American Heritage Texas State Historical Association
1862 President Lincoln Holds Special Cabinet Meeting to Make Final Revisions to the Emancipation Proclamation President Abraham Lincoln Slavery Emancipation Proclamation Lincoln Logs
1959 In South Africa, the Forced Removal of Blacks from Sophiatown Is Completed So That the Area Can Be Reassigned to Whites South Africa Apartheid South African History
1972 Hall of Fame Baseball Player Roberto Clemente Dies in a Plane Crash Attempting to Deliver Humanitarian Aid to Nicaragua Nicaragua Roberto Clemente Baseball Hall of Fame Air Disasters Death Latin-American Sports Figures History Channel New York Times
2001 The University of Notre Dame Hires Football Coach Tyrone Willingham, as the School's First African American Head Coach Indiana Sports Figures Football University of Notre Dame African-American Sports Figures Historic Firsts Indiana Historical Society

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