This week in history
For the week of Jun. 19, 2016
Juneteenth: African American. This Commemorates the emancipation of all salves in Texas by the Union general Gordon Grange.
Joseph H. Rainey (1832-1887): African American. Congressman. The first African American elected to the United States House of Representatives, Rainey was elected to five terms. He served his North Carolina district from 1869 to 1879, supporting improvement of conditions for Indians on reservations and the granting of full constitutional rights to Blacks.
Wilma Rudolph (1940-1994): African American. Athlete. Although Wilma Rudolph spent her childhood wearing a leg brace to support a lame leg, she overcame her handicap and became a champion sprinter, eventually setting a world record in the 200-dash. In the 1960 Olympics she was the most successful competitor in track and field events, as the individual winner of the 100- and 200-meter dashes and a member of the winning team in the 4x100-meter relay.
National Day: Luxembourg. Also celebrated as the Kingis birthday, this day commemorates Luxembourgis gaining independence from Belgium and the Netherlands in 1848.
Battle of Little Bighorn (1876): American Indian. On this date at Little Bighorn River, General George A. Custer was killed and his command annihilated by combined forces of Sioux and Cheyenne Indians. The determined resistance of the nomadic Plains tribes in the protection of their hunting grounds and way of life earned them a number of military victories before they were defeated by the stronger U.S. government forces.