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1861*

El-Hadj Omar, Tukulor conqueror, starts his empire with the capture of Segu.



1863*
Two infantry regiments, First and Second South Carolina Volunteers, captured and occupied Jacksonville, Fla., causing panic along Southern seaboard.



1913*

Death of Harriet Tubman, Auburn, New York.



1964*

Pop singer Neneh Cherry is born in Stockholm, Sweden.



1965*


Daisy Lampkin, one of the founders of the National Council of Negro Women, 
died from the effects of a December 1964 heart attack.



1969*

James Earl Ray pleaded guilty in a Memphis court to charges of killing Martin Luther King Jr. 
He was sentenced to ninety-nine years in prison. The House Select Committee on Assassinations said later that Ray fired the shot that killed King but that he was probably one element in a larger conspiracy.


1972*

Through the 12th - three thousand delegates and five thousand observers attended the first Black political convention in Gary, Indiana. The NAACP and other groups withdrew from the convention after the adoption of resolutions critical of busing and the state of Israel.


1989*

Singer Doc Green of the Drifters dies of cancer. He was 54.

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