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This Day in Our History

Posted by joyinhome on February 12, 2010

Everyday this month, little-known facts about history made on this date will be featured.

1962Bus boycott started in Macon, Georgia.

1952 – Congressional Medal of Honor awarded posthumously to Sgt. Cornelius H. Charlton for heroism in Korea.

1934 – William Felton Russell, better known as “Bill” Russell is born. He was player-coach of the Boston Celtics basketball team in 1968 and 1969. Russell was born in Monroe, Louisiana.

1930 – The Rosenwald Fund made grants to the Alabama State Board of Health to help meet the cost of The Tuskeegee Experiment, a study of syphilis in African American men living in rural Georgia and Alabama. Thus would begin a four decade long study of syphilis without treatment. Over 400 men were allowed to carry the disease without medical treatment for nearly 40 years. Several government agencies including the Federal Public Health Service and the Center for Disease Control participated in this study. It was kept a secret until 1972 when a newspaper reporter disclosed it.

1909 – The National Association for The Advancement of Colored People, a civil rights organization, is founded by 60 black and white citizens. It helps prevent unjust acts,and set equality for all minorites. It achieved major success in the arts, business,and other fields.

– Congress passed the first Fugitive Slave Law to implement the provisions in the Constitution. It stated that to reclaim an escaped enslaved person, a master needed only to go before a magistrate and provide oral or written proof of ownership. The magistrate would then issue an order for the arrest of that enslaved person.

Stay tuned for more factoids.


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