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Here are some key events that happened on this day brought to you by Black Facts:

1810 – Black Hero of Argentina Dies

Antonio Ruiz (El Negro Falucho), national hero of Buenos Aires, Argentina, dies for his country.

1874 – Blanche Kelso Bruce elected to US Senate

Blanche Kelso Bruce elected to a full six-year term in the U.S. Senate by the Mississippi legislature.

Roy Campanella

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1920 – Negro Baseball League 

The Negro Baseball League founded.

1948 – Black Mother and Sons Condemned to Death

Rosa Ingram and her fourteen and sixteen-year-old sons condemned to death for the alleged murder of a white Georgian. Mrs. Ingram said she acted in self-defense.

1948 – Laura Wheeler Waring Dies

Laura Wheeler Waring, portrait painter and illustrator dies.

1956 – U of Alabama First Black Student

Autherine J. Lucy becomes the first black student to attend the University of Alabama. She was expelled three days later “for her own safety” in response to threats from a mob. In 1992 Autherine Lucy Foster graduated from the University with a master’s degree in education. The same day, her daughter, Grazia Foster, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in corporate finance.

1964 – Blacks & Puerto Ricans Boycott NYC Public Schools

School officials reported that 464,000 Black and Puerto Rican students boycotted New York City public schools. More than 267,000 were absent during second boycott, March 16.

1965 – Geraldine McCullough Wins Widener Gold Medal

Geraldine McCullough, a renowned sculptor and painter, wins the Widener Gold Medal award.

1981 – The Air Force Academy Drops Ban on Sickle Cell Trait

The Air Force Academy drops its ban on applicants with sickle cell trait.

1988 – Confederate Flag Protest

In Montgomery, Alabama, Thomas Reed, president of the Alabama chapter of the NAACP, was arrested after he and 11 others attempted to strike a Confederate flag flying atop the state capitol building.

Lori McNeil

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1989 – Tennis Player Lori McNeil Defeats Chris Evert

Tennis professional Lori McNeil defeated Chris Evert in the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.

1989 – Former Saint Louis Cardinals Bill White Named President of the National League

Former Saint Louis Cardinals first baseman Bill White is named President of the National League. He is the first African American to head a major sports league.

1997 – Jazz artist Tony Williams Dies

Award-winning jazz drummer Tony Williams dies in Daly City, California

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