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John Brown, abolitionist, born May 9, 1800Jim Thorpe, athlete, born May 28, 1888Russell Stover, candymaker, born May 6, 1888, Alton



Born May 28, 1888, in Indian Territory, Jim Thorpe excelled at every sport he played including track and field, football, baseball, lacrosse, hockey, golf, swimming, bowling, and wrestling. He is considered among the top three athletes of the 20th century.

Jim Thorpe

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On May 17, 1954, by unanimous vote, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Brown v. Board of Education that "separate but equal" education facilities are "inherently unequal," and that segregation in the schools is, therefore, unconstitutional.

Brown v. Board of Education

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