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1 Today in History Word of the Day February 2011

2 February 1 st 1960 Four African-American college students began a sit- in protest at a lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., Importance: the students had been refused service because of segregation. BODE (verb) indicate by signs

3 February 2 nd : 1990 South African President F.W. de Klerk lifted a ban on the African National Congress. Importance: Black South Africans were now allowed to participate in the government again. ERRONEOUS (adj) Containing or characterized by error. To be wrong.

4 February 3 rd : 2009 Eric Holder was sworn in as attorney general. Importance; he became the first African-American to hold that office. COHESION (noun) The state of sticking together. To be unified.

5 February 4 th : 1913 Civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks was born Rosa Louise McCauley in Tuskegee, Ala. Importance: Rosa Parks sparked the Montgomery bus boycott. TRANQUILITY (noun) 1. an untroubled state; free from disturbances. 2. a state of peace and quiet

6 February 7 th : 1817 Frederick Douglass was born. Importance: Douglass became abolitionist leader in the antebellum period of US history. EPITOME (noun) A standard or typical example.

7 February 8 th : 1968 Highway patrolmen in Orangeburg, SC confronted college students protesting against a white-only bowling alley. Importance: three of the college students were killed. DIFFIDENT (adj) 1. showing modest reserve. 2. lacking self-confidence.

8 February 9 th : 1861 The Provisional Congress of the Confederate States of America elected Jefferson Davis president and Alexander H. Stephens vice president. Importance: these were the leaders of the South during the Civil War. FILCH (verb) To make off with belongings of others.

9 February 10 th : 1989 Ron Brown was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Importance: he became the first African-American to head a major U.S. political party. AUTHENTICATE (verb) Establish the authenticity of something. To make sure something is real.

10 February 11 th : 1990 South African black activist Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in captivity. Importance: he had been jailed because he was opposed to apartheid. STATIC (adj/noun) adjective: showing little if any change. noun: angry criticism.

11 February 14 th : 1847 Anna Howard Shaw was born. Importance: she was one of the most influential leaders of the women’s suffrage movement. WAGGISH (adj) Witty or joking.

12 February 15 th : 1820 Susan B. Anthony was born. Importance: she was the co- founder of the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA). BEMUSED (adj) 1. Deeply absorbed in thought. 2. Confused by many conflicting situations or statements.

13 February 16 th : ,000 Confederate soldiers surrendered at Fort Donelson, Tenn., to Union forces led by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. Importance: this was an important victory for the North during the Civil War. ARTLESS (adj) Characterized by an inability to hide one’s feelings; not devious.

14 February 17 th : 2009 President Barack Obama signed a $757 billion economic stimulus package into law. Importance: the stimulus was seen as controversial as to whether or not it would get the USA out of a recession. SLAPDASH (adj) Marked by great carelessness.

15 February 22 nd : 1865 Tennessee adopted a new constitution abolishing slavery. Importance: Tennessee was admitted back to the Union as a state. SHEAF (noun) A package of several things tied together for carrying or storing.

16 February 23 rd : 1868 W.E.B. DuBois, the American sociologist was born. Importance: DuBois was the co-founded of the NAACP, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Persons. PROCURE (verb) Getting possession of something.

17 February 24 th : 2007 The Virginia General Assembly passed a resolution expressing "profound regret" for the state's role in slavery. Importance: Virginia was the first English colony to use African slaves, as early as REPROBATE (adj/verb) adjective: deviating from what is considered moral or right or proper or good. verb: express strong disapproval of.

18 February 25 th : 1999 A jury in Jasper, Texas, sentenced white supremacist John William King to death for the murder of James Byrd Jr., an African- American man. Importance: the case was later used as the basis for Texas passing a “hate- crime” law. CONSTRUE (verb) Make sense of; assign a meaning to.

19 February 28 th : 1854 About 50 slavery opponents met in Ripon, Wis., to call for creation of a new political group. Importance: That group became the Republican Party. SPONTANEITY (noun) The quality of coming from natural feelings without constraint. Without planning ahead of time.


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