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July 12, 2015
| Abena Joan P. Brown Passed Away

Stage producer and nonprofit chief executive Abena Joan P. Brown passed away on this date at the age of ?.


July 12, 2015
| The Honorable D'Army Bailey Passed Away

Circuit court judge The Honorable D'Army Bailey passed away on this date at the age of 73.


July 12, 2005
| Arthur Fletcher Passed Away

Federal government appointee and foundation chief executive Arthur Fletcher passed away on this date at the age of 80.


July 12, 2000
| Freedom Schooner <I>Amistad</I> Sails Into Connecticut

The Freedom Schooner <I>Amistad</I> sailed into New London, Connecticut on this date. The ship was a re-creation of the slave ship, La Amistad, that was taken over by its captured African slaves.


July 12, 1952
| Eric "Ricky" McKinnie is Born

Drummer and singer Eric "Ricky" McKinnie was born on this date in Atlanta, Georgia.


July 12, 1951
| Illinois Riots Prompt National Guard Action

More than three thousand whites riot in Cicero, Illinois when a black family moves into their community. Governor Adlai Stevenson is forced to call in the National Guard to suppress the riots.


July 12, 1949
| Frederick M. Jones Receives Patent

Frederick M. Jones patented his cooling system for food transportation vehicles on this date.


July 12, 1948
| Dr. Rogsbert Phillips is Born

Surgeon Dr. Rogsbert Phillips was born on this date in Newnan, Georgia.


July 12, 1944
| Denise Nicholas is Born

Actress and fiction writer Denise Nicholas was born on this date in Detroit, Michigan.


July 12, 1943
| Emmit J. McHenry is Born

Telecommunications chief executive and telecommunications entrepreneur Emmit J. McHenry was born on this date in Forrest City, Arkansas.


July 12, 1942
| Darlene Blackburn is Born

Choreographer, dancer, and dance instructor Darlene Blackburn was born on this date in Chicago, Illinois.


July 12, 1941
| Les Payne is Born

Newspaper reporter Les Payne was born on this date in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.