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Appointment of Frederick Douglass as US Marshal for DC

On this day in 1877, President Rutherford B. Hayes appoints abolitionist, orator, statesman and escaped slave Frederick Douglass to the post of US Marshal for…

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Dred Scott v Sanford

On this day in 1857, the US Supreme Court makes a fateful ruling on constitutional law in Dred Scott v. Sanford. It held “(Black Africans…

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Banning the African Slave Trade

On this day in 1807, the US Congress passes an act to “prohibit the importation of slaves into any port or place within the jurisdiction…

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Hattie McDaniel Wins an Oscar Making History

On this day in 1940, American actress and singer Hattie McDaniel becomes the first African American to win an Academy Award. She took the Oscar…

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Standing Your Ground or Target Practice?

On this day in 2012, Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old high school student, is fatally shot in Sanford, Florida by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer….

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Muhammad Ali Becomes The Greatest

On this day in 1964, Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) wins the first of two heavyweight championship bouts against Sonny Liston, cementing his arrival and indisputable…

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