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Charles IJun 7, 1628

Louis XIVOct 18, 1685

George MasonSep 12, 1787

James MadisonJun 8, 1789

George WashingtonOct 2, 1789

Elizabeth Cady StantonJul 19, 1848

Sojourner TruthMay 29, 1851

Andrew JohnsonApr 9, 1866

Louis RielJul 19, 1869

Mahatma GandhiJun 30, 1914

StalinMar 30, 1925

Benito MussoliniMay 12, 1928

Franklin RooseveltJun 22, 1944

Harry TrumanDec 5, 1946

Elvis PresleyNov 22, 1955

Martin Luther KingAug 28, 1963

Malcolm XFeb 21, 1965

Dorothy HeightMar 20, 1965

Lyndon B. JohnsonAug 6, 1965

President ReaganJan 21, 1983

Al SharptonSep 2, 1989

Rodney KingAug 5, 1992

Monica LewinskyNov 16, 1998

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Rights - Historical Events
Date Event
539

King Cyrus The Great of Persia marches into the city of Babylon, releasing the Jews from almost 70 years of exile and making the first Human Rights Declaration.

529

The international day of Cyrus the Great, king of Persia, who declared the first charter of human rights in the world also known as Cyrus Cylinder.

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953-04-21

Otto I the Great gives Utrecht fishing rights

1220-04-26

German king Frederick II grants bishops sovereign rights

1248-08-25

The Dutch city of Ommen receives city rights and fortification rights from Otto III, the Archbishop of Utrecht.

1257-06-05

Kraków, Poland, receives city rights.

1535-06-17

English Catholic Cardinal John Fischer state rights

1540-08-29

Emperor Karel deprives city Gent of its definitive rights and privileges

1555-08-23

Calvinists are granted rights in the Netherlands.

1563-03-19

Peace of Amboise: Rights for Huguenots

1566-08-23

Land guardian Margaretha van Parma grants Calvinists rights

1577-08-17

Peace of Bergerac: Political rights for Huguenots

1594-06-11

Philip II recognized the rights and privileges of the local nobles and chieftains in the Philippines, which paves way to the creation of the Principalía (i.e., elite ruling class of native nobility in Spanish Philippines).

1598-04-13

Edict of Nantes grants political rights to French Huguenots

1614-10-11

Adriaen Block and 12 Amsterdam merchants petition the States General for exclusive trading rights in the New Netherland colony.

1628-06-07

English King Charles I ratifies the Petition of Rights

1629-06-28

Peace of Ales: Rights of French huguenots limited

1632-06-20

Britain grants 2nd Lord Baltimore rights to Chesapeake Bay area

1638-01-03

Dutch Premier Van Joost speaks of "Hostage rights of Aemstel"

1644-05-23

Johan Mauritius van Nassau resigns as head of Civil rights activists

1665-03-11

NY approves new code guaranteeing Protestants religious rights

1685-10-18

French King Louis XIV revokes Edict of Nantes cancelling rights of French Protestants

1689-02-13

British Parliament adopts Bill of Rights - establishes limits on the crown and rights of parliament

1689-12-16

English Parliament passes Bill of Rights establishing limits on crown powers and requirement for regular elections

1765-10-19

Stamp Act Congress met in NY, wrote decl of rights & liberties

1774-10-14

1st Continental Congress makes Declaration of Colonial Rights in Philadelphia

1776-06-12

Virginia adopts Declaration of Rights

1783-03-05

King Stanislaus Augustus Poniatowski grants rights to Jews of Kovno

1787-09-12

American statesman George Mason suggests the addition of a Bill of Rights to the Constitution modeled on previous state declarations, but the motion is defeated

1789-06-08

James Madison introduces a proposed Bill of Rights in the U.S. House of Representatives.

1789-08-27

French National Assembly issues "Declaration of Rights of Man & Citizen"

1789-09-25

US Congress proposes Bill of Rights (10 of 12 will ratify)

1789-10-02

George Washington transmits the proposed Constitutional amendments (The United States Bill of Rights) to the States for ratification.

1789-11-20

New Jersey is 1st state to ratify Bill of Rights

1791-12-15

US Bill of Rights ratified when Virginia gives its approval. Becomes amendments 1-10 of the US constitution

1796-09-05

General Salicetti orders equal rights for Jews of Bologna, Italy

1808-10-17

Political rights of Jews suspended in Duchy of Warsaw

1839-06-07

Hawaiian Declaration of Rights is signed

1848-07-19

1st US women's rights convention held in Seneca Falls NY, organised by Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Lucretia Mott

1848-07-26

1st Woman's Rights Convention (Senecca Falls NY)

1849-04-10

Safety pin patented by Walter Hunt (NYC); sold rights for $400

1850-08-23

1st national women's rights convention convenes in Worcester Mass

1851-05-29

Sojourner Truth addresses 1st Black Women's Rights Convention (Akron)

1853-10-06

4th National Women's Rights Convention opens in Cleveland Ohio

1858-05-30

Hudson's Bay Company's rights to Vancouver Island revoked

1866-03-27

President Johnson vetoes civil rights bill; it later becomes 14th amendment

1866-04-01

US Congress rejects presidential veto giveing all equal rights in US

1866-04-09

Civil Rights Bill passes over President Andrew Johnson's veto

1866-05-01

American Equal Rights Association forms

1866-06-13

US House of representatives passes 14th Amendment (Civil rights)

1866-07-19

Tennessee is 1st to ratify 14th Amendment to the US constitution, guaranteeing civil rights

1869-07-19

Louis Riel speaks at a meeting of Metis residents about rights, setting in motion the events now referred to as the Red River Rebellion

1870-05-31

Congress passes 1st Enforcement Act (rights of blacks)

1870-08-01

Irish Land Act gives rights to tenants of landlords in Ireland.

1872-05-10

Victoria Woodhull becomes 1st woman nominated for US presidency by Equal Rights Party at Apollo Hall, NYC

1872-05-22

Amnesty Act restores civil rights to Southerners (except for 500)

1874-03-18

Hawaii signs a treaty with the United States granting exclusive trading rights.

1875-03-01

Congress passes Civil Rights Act; invalidated by Supreme Ct, 1883

1878-07-17

Nqwiliso, tribal chief of Western Pondoland and eldest son of Ndamase, signs a treaty with H.G. Elliott ceding sovereign rights and shipping in the Umzimvubu River mouth to the Cape government, Southern Africa

1879-04-18

Trial of Standing Bear-Crook on indians citizen rights begins

1879-09-29

NL owners meeting in Buffalo adopt reserve clause, giving each team exclusive rights to their players

1883-10-15

Supreme Court declares Civil Rights Act of 1875 unconstitutional

1884-09-20

Equal Rights Party nominates female candidates for Pres & VP

1887-11-29

US receives rights to Pearl Harbor, on Oahu, Hawaii

1888-09-06

Queen Victoria grants William Mackinnons' Imperial British East Africa Company political & commercial rights

1889-10-29

Queen Victoria grants Cecil Rhodes rights to Zambezia

1890-06-23

In an effort to solve the 'Uitlander' grievances regarding voting rights, President Paul Kruger institutes a Second Volksraad, responsible for controlling local matters.

1893-08-15

US no longer allowed exclusive rights in Bering Sea

1900-11-09

China has resumed nominal control of Manchuria, but in a secret agreement the Chinese governor of Manchuria grants Russia such rights as keeping troops along the railroad lines and controlling civil administration

1901-10-18

Belgium's Louise of den Plas begins activities towards women rights

1902-02-01

US Secretary of State Hay protests granting Russia exclusive privileges in China, on ground that it runs contrary to the 'open door' policy granting all nations equal rights there

1903-10-10

The Women's Social and Political Union was formed by Emmeline Pankhurst to fight for women's rights in Britain.

1903-11-18

Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty gives US exclusive canal rights in Panama

1904-01-04

In 'Gonzales v Williams', the US Supreme Court rules that Puerto Ricans are not aliens and may not be refused admission into continental United States; not until 1917 will citizenship rights be granted

1905-07-11

Black intellectuals & activists lead by WEB Dubois organize the civil rights Niagara Movement

1906-12-31

French/British/Italian treaty concerning rights on Abyssinia

1907-06-15

The 2nd Hague Peace Conference meets in an attempt to stop the arms race; Germany resists, but conference does make important rules around the rights of neutral powers

1908-05-26

At Masjed Soleyman (مسجد سليمان) in southwest Persia, the first major commercial oil strike in the Middle East is made. The rights to the resource are quickly acquired by the United Kingdom.

1908-06-15

World congress for Women's rights opens in Amsterdam

1908-08-16

The Committee of Union and Progress, 'The Young Turks', announces a program for reforms and respect for the rights of all within the Ottoman Empire, regardless of race or religion

1910-04-27

Belgian parliament rejects socialist motion for general voting rights

1910-09-07

In the Hague, the International Court arbitrates a fishing-rights dispute between Newfoundland (still seperate from Canada) and the US

1911-09-19

Red Tuesday-20,000 protest for universal rights

1912-01-08

Chiefs, representatives of people's and church organisations, and other prominent individuals form the African National Congress and declare its aim to bring all Africans together as one people to defend their rights and freedoms

1912-12-06

China votes for universal human rights

1913-04-14

Belgium begins general strike for voting rights

1913-06-19

Natives Land Act, Act No 27, passed in South Africa: confines Africans to hopelessly overcrowded reserves and deprives them of rights to purchase land outside the native reserves

1913-11-25

The Irish Volunteers founded in Dublin to "secure the rights and liberties common to all the people of Ireland"

1914-06-30

Mahatma Gandhi's 1st arrest after campaigning for Indian rights in South Africa

1914-08-05

US and Nicaragua sign treaty granting canal rights to US

1914-10-15

Clayton Anti-trust Act passed (union & strike rights)

1915-07-21

Wilson sends the third Lusitania note, warning Germany that future infringement of American rights will be deemed 'deliberately unfriendly'

1921-06-20

At the Imperial Conference in London, V.S. Srinivasa Sastri, the Indian representative, puts forward a case for the granting of full citizenship rights to Indians in South Africa and other British colonies; the South African Prime Minister, General J.C. Smuts, opposes Sastris resolution, claiming that he cannot grant the franchise to Indians while withholding it from Blacks

1921-07-29

New rules of language assumed (equal rights Flemings/Walen Belgium)

1925-03-30

Stalin supports rights of non-Serbian Yugoslavians

1928-05-12

Benito Mussolini ends women's rights in Italy

1930-05-19

White women win voting rights in South Africa

1934-09-13

Judge Landis sells World Series broadcast rights to Ford for $100,000

1935-04-30

World Congress for Women's Rights concludes in Istanbul

1938-09-01

Benito Mussolini cancels civil rights of Italian Jews

1939-03-02

Massachusetts Legislature votes to ratify the US Bill of Rights - 147 years late

1939-04-19

Connecticut finally approves Bill of Rights (148 years late)

1943-01-11

US & Britain relinquish extraterritorial rights in China

1944-06-22

US President Franklin Roosevelt signs "GI Bill of Rights" (Servicemen's Readjustment Act)

1945-08-15

Chandler sells World Series radio rights for $150,000 to Gillette, Ford had been World Series sponsor since 1934, pay $100,000 annually

1946-07-15

British North Borneo Co transfers rights to British crown

1946-12-05

Pres Harry Truman creates Committee on Civil Rights by Exec Order #9808

1947-10-20

Radio rights for the World Series sell for $475,000 for 3 years

1947-12-25

Taiwan passes Human Rights laws (Day of Earth Law)

1948-02-02

President Harry Truman urges congress to adopt a civil rights program

1948-06-18

American Library Association adopts Library Bill of Rights

1948-06-18

UN Commission on Human Rights adopts Intl Decl of Human Rights

1948-12-10

UN General Assembly adopts Universal Declaration of Human Rights

1950-01-15

4,000 attend National Emergency Civil Rights Conference in Wash DC

1950-12-26

Gillette & Mutual buy All Star & World Series rights ($6M for 6 yrs)

1951-01-29

Baseball signs 6 year All-Star pact for TV-radio rights for $6 million

1953-09-03

European Convention on Human Rights goes into effect

1955-11-22

RCA Victor's best investment paying $25,000 to Sun Records & Sam Philips for rights to Elvis Presley, a truck driver from Tupelo Miss

1957-05-17

Prayer Pilgrimage, biggest civil rights demonstration to date (DC)

1957-08-28

US Senator James Thurmond (Rep, SC) begins 24-hr filibuster against civil rights bill

1957-08-29

Congress passes Civil Rights Act of 1957

1957-08-29

Strom Thurmond (Sen-D-SC) ends 24 hr filibuster against civil rights

1957-08-30

US senator Strom Thurmond speaks 24hrs 27m against civil rights

1957-09-09

US President Eisenhower signs 1st civil rights bill since Reconstruction

1959-02-01

Swiss men vote against voting rights for women

1959-11-20

UN adopts Universal Declaration of Children's Rights

1960-02-01

4 students stage 1st civil rights sit-in, at Greensboro NC Woolworth

1960-04-08

US Senate passes Civil Rights Bill with measures against discriminatory voting pracrices

1960-04-10

Senate passes landmark Civil Rights Bill

1960-05-06

US President Eisenhower signs Civil Rights Act of 1960

1961-07-15

Spain accepts equal rights for men & women

1961-10-22

75,000 Flemings demand equal rights & Flemish language in Belgium

1963-05-23

NBC purchases 1963 AFL championship game TV rights for $926,000

1963-08-28

200,000 march and demonstrate for African American civil rights in Washington, DC

1963-08-28

Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his "I have a dream speech" addressing civil rights march at Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC

1964-01-24

CBS purchases 1964 & 1965 NFL TV rights for $28.2 million

1964-01-24

24th Amendment to US Constitution goes into effect & states voting rights could not be denied due to failure to pay taxes

1964-01-29

NBC purchases AFL 5 year (1965-69) TV rights for $36 million

1964-02-08

Rep Martha Griffiths address gets civil rights protection for women being added to the 1964 Civil Rights Act

1964-02-17

US House of Representatives accept Law on the civil rights

1964-06-10

Southern filibuster on civil rights bill ends; cloture invoked

1964-06-19

Civil Rights Act of 1964 passes 73-27

1964-06-21

Three civil rights workers, Michael H Schwerner, Andrew Goodman & James E Chane, disappeared after release from a Mississippi jail

1964-06-29

Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed after 83-day filibuster in Senate

1964-07-02

US President Johnson signs Civil Rights Act & Voting Rights Act into law

1964-08-04

Civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman & James E Chaney, bodies discovered in an earthen Mississippi dam

1965-02-21

Rights activist Malcolm X is shot dead by Nation of Islam followers at Audubon Ballroom in New York

1965-03-20

Civil and Women's Rights Activist Dorothy Height has her first column published in the weekly African-American newspaper called the "New York Amsterdam News"

1965-05-26

Dutch Voting Rights Bill passes

1965-08-06

US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act prohibiting voting discrimination against minorities

1965-12-29

CBS purchases NFL TV rights for 1966-68 at $18.8 million per year

1966-04-01

Loyalist led by Ian Paisley, a Protestant fundamentalist preacher, founded the Ulster Constitution Defence Committee to challenge the civil rights movement; it set up a paramilitary-style wing called the Ulster Protestant Volunteers

1966-05-13

US Federal education funding is denied to 12 school districts in the South because of violations of the 1964 Civil Rights Act

1966-05-16

National Welfare Rights Organization organizes

1966-06-01

2,400 persons attend White House Conference on Civil Rights

1966-06-13

Supreme Court's Miranda decision; suspect must be informed of rights

1967-10-20

All white federal jury convicts 7 in murder of 3 civil rights workers in Meridan Mississippi

1968-04-04

US civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee

1968-04-11

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs 1968 Civil Rights Act

1968-04-27

The Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA) hold a rally to protest the banning of a Republican Easter parade

1968-06-20

Catholic Irish Civil rights activists protest against discrimination in the allocation of housing by illegally occupying a house in Caledon, County Tyrone

1968-08-24

Northern Ireland's first civil rights march held; many more marches would be held over the following year and Loyalists organized counter-demonstrations to get the marches banned

1968-08-27

The Derry Housing Action Committee (DHAC) organise another protest in the Guildhall's council chamber; immediately after the protest Eamon Melaugh phones the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA) and invites them to organise a march in Derry

1968-08-28

Gerry Fitt, MP, tables a House of Commons motion criticising Royal Ulster Constabulary action in Dungannon on 24 August 1968 and demands that: "citizens of Northern Ireland should be allowed the same rights of peaceful demonstration as those in other parts of the United Kingdom"

1968-10-03

The proposed civil rights march in Derry, Northern Ireland, is banned from the area of the city centre and the Waterside area; the banning order is issued under the Public Order Act by William Craig, then Home Affairs Minister

1968-10-04

A Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA) delegation meet with the Derry March organisers and try to have the march cancelled; eventually it was decided to go ahead with the march.

1968-10-05

Civil rights march in Derry is stopped by the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) before it had properly begun; clashes between RUC and protesters lead to two days of serious rioting-some consider this to be the beginning of 'the Troubles' in Northern Ireland

1968-10-07

Rioting continues in Derry, Northern Ireland after Royal Ulster Constabulary put down civil rights march two days earlier

1968-10-09

About 2,000 students from Queen's University Belfast tried to march to Belfast City Hall in protest against 'police brutality' on 5 October in Derry; the march was blocked by loyalists led by Ian Paisley and after the demonstration, a student civil rights group—People's Democracy—was formed

1968-11-13

William Craig, Home Affairs Minister, bans all marches, with the exception of 'customary' parades, in Derry, Northern Ireland; the exception of 'customary' parades meant that Loyalist institutions could parade but civil rights marches could not

1968-11-30

A Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association march in Armagh is stopped by Royal Ulster Constabulary because of the presence of a Loyalist counter demonstration led by Ian Paisley and Ronald Bunting

1968-12-04

Following a civil rights march in Dungannon, Northern Ireland, there is a violent clash between Loyalists and those who are taking part in the march

1969-03-30

Loyalists bomb water and electricity installations in Northern Ireland in the hope that the attacks would be blamed on the IRA and on elements of the civil rights movement, which was demanding an end to discrimination against Catholics

1969-04-19

Serious rioting in the Bogside area of Derry following clashes between Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association marchers and Loyalists and members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary

1969-04-23

The Unionist Parliamentary Party votes by 28 to 22 to introduce universal adult suffrage in local government elections in Northern Ireland; the demand for 'one man, one vote' had been one of the most powerful slogans of the civil rights movement

1970-11-04

Russian nuclear physicist Sacharov forms Human Rights Comittee

1971-04-25

US canal rights in Nicaragua & rights to Corn Islands expire

1971-11-30

The government of the Republic of Ireland states that it will take the allegations of brutality against the security forces in Northern Ireland to the European Court of Human Rights

1972-01-28

The Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association place "special emphasis on the necessity for a peaceful incident-free day" at the next march on 30 January in an effort to avoid violence

1972-01-30

'Bloody Sunday': 27 unarmed civilians are shot (of whom 14 were killed) by the British Army during a civil rights march in Derry; this is the highest death toll from a single shooting incident during 'the Troubles'

1972-02-06

A Civil Rights march is held in Newry, County Down; there is a very large turn-out for the march with many people attending to protest at the killings in Derry the previous Sunday

1972-03-22

Congress approves Equal Rights Amendment (never ratified)

1973-05-14

US Supreme court approves equal rights to females in military

1973-09-13

ABC announces it obtained TV rights for 1976 Olympics

1974-04-20

'The Troubles', a period of conflict in Northern Ireland involving republican and loyalist paramilitaries, the British security forces, and civil rights groups. claims its 1000th victim

1974-07-12

John Ehrlichman convicted of violating Daniel Ellsberg's rights

1975-05-17

NBC paid $5M for rights to show "Gone with the Wind" one time

1975-08-01

Helsinki Pact guaranteeing boundaries, rights signed by 35 nations

1975-08-10

David Frost purchases exclusive rights to interview Nixon

1976-03-23

International Bill of Rights goes into effect (35 nations ratifying)

1977-01-01

Czech intellects begin Human Rights Group Chapter 77

1977-01-07

Human Rights Charter 77 established in Prague

1977-02-24

Pres Carter announces US foreign aid will consider human rights

1977-06-01

Russia charges Jewish rights activist Anatoly Shcharansky with treason

1977-06-07

Anita Bryant leads successful crusade against Miami gay rights law

1978-01-20

Columbia Pictures pays $9.5 million for movie rights to "Annie"

1982-03-15

Nicaragua suspends their citizens rights for 30 days

1982-06-18

Voting Rights Act of 1965 extended by Senate by 85-8 vote

1982-06-24

Equal Rights Amendment goes down to defeat

1982-06-29

Voting Rights Act of 1965 extended

1982-06-30

Federal Equal Rights Amendment fails 3 states short of ratification

1983-01-21

President Reagan certifies El Salvador human-rights abuses have decreased making country eligible for US military aid

1985-01-15

Civil rights activist Tancredo Neves elected president

1985-08-14

Political violence by the youth begins after the funeral of assassinated Victoria Mxenge, a civil rights lawyer, who was respected and liked by the Congress of South African Students

1987-10-11

200,000 gays march for civil rights in Washington

1987-10-26

Head of Salvadoran Human Rights Comm assassinated by death squads

1988-03-22

Congress overrides Reagan's veto of sweeping civil rights bill

1988-09-02

Amnesty International's Human Rights Now! tour begins in Wembley

1988-10-19

South African anti-apartheid leader Sisulu wins $100,000 Human Rights prize

1988-12-01

NBC bids record $401M to capture rights to 1992 Barcelona Olympics

1988-12-14

CBS' $1.1 B bid wins exclusive 1990-94 major-league baseball rights

1988-12-20

Animal rights terrorists fire-bomb Harrod's dept store, London

1989-09-02

Rev Al Sharpton leads a civil rights march through Bensonhurst

1989-11-03

100s of Bulgarian demonstrate in Sofia for democratic rights

1990-01-01

FCC implements "SYNDEX" giving independent stations more rights over cable TV outlets for exclusive syndicated programs

1990-01-12

Civil Rights activist Rev Al Sharpton is stabbed in Bensonhurst Bkln

1990-05-17

European court rules pension rights for both men & women

1990-09-30

The Dalai Lama unveils the Canadian Tribute to Human Rights in Canada's capital city of Ottawa.

1990-10-02

Allies cede any remaining rights as occupiers of Germany

1990-11-13

Saudis ask US for rights to bid on SPR (Strategic Petroleum Reserve) crude

1992-04-05

Several hundred-thousand abortion rights demonstrators march in Washington, D.C.

1992-06-22

Supreme Court rules "hate crime" laws violated free-speech rights

1992-08-05

4 cops in Rodney King beating case indicted on civil rights charge

1993-02-03

Federal trial of 4 police officers charged with civil rights violations in videotaped beating of Rodney King begins in LA Calif

1993-04-17

Police officers found guilty of violating Rodney Kings civil rights

1994-03-23

Richard Jacobs buys naming rights to Indians new ball park at Gateway for $13.8 million (renamed Jacobs Field)

1994-07-16

Spanish fishing boats sink a French fishing boat over fishing rights

1994-07-18

Court upholds NBA salary cap and draft rights

1996-10-11

Ford buys rights to named Detroit domed stadium for $40 million

1997-09-15

Edison Intl purchases Anaheim Stadium naming rights for $50M

1998-02-10

Voters in Maine repeal a gay rights law passed in 1997 becoming the first U.S. state to abandon that law.

1998-03-04

Gay rights: Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services: The Supreme Court of the United States rules that federal laws banning on-the-job sexual harassment also apply when both parties are the same sex.

1998-11-01

The European Court of Human Rights is instituted.

1998-11-16

Monica Lewinsky signs a deal for the North American rights to a book about her affair with US President Clinton

2000-07-20

Terrorist Carlos the Jackal sues France in the European Court of Human Rights for allegedly torturing him.

2000-08-18

A Federal jury finds the US EPA guilty of discrimination against Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, later inspiring passage of the No FEAR Act.

2001-05-03

The United States loses its seat on the U.N. Human Rights Commission for the first time since the commission was formed in 1947.

2002-04-29

The United States is re-elected to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, one year after losing the seat it had held for 50 years.

2002-05-06

Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn is shot and killed by an animal rights activist.

2002-05-22

American civil rights movement: a jury in Birmingham, Alabama, convicts former Ku Klux Klan member Bobby Frank Cherry of the 1963 murders of four girls in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church.

2005-01-06

Mississippi Civil Rights Workers Murders: Edgar Ray Killen is arrested as a suspect for the 1964 murders of three Civil Rights workers.

2005-03-07

Mass protest outside the National Assembly of Kuwait building for women's voting rights in Kuwait.

2006-03-16

The United Nations General Assembly votes overwhelmingly to establish the UN Human Rights Council.

2006-03-27

The United Nations Commission on Human Rights holds its final meeting.

2009-04-03

Australia formally adopts the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

2012-10-30

Walt Disney purchases Lucasfilm Ltd and its rights for Star Wars and Indiana Jones for $4.05 billion

2013-04-10

Japan and Taiwan sign an agreement on fishing rights around the Senkaku Islands

2016-04-09

Civil rights groups mobilize against Mississippi's 'religious freedom' law

2016-04-13

In North Carolina and Mississippi, Backlash Grows Over Rights Law

2016-04-23

Virginia governor signs order restoring voting rights for felons

2016-05-05

North Carolina transgender law violates civil rights law: US

2016-05-18

Obama speaks to Philippines' president-elect, stresses human rights

2017-03-07

Supreme Court Won't Hear Major Case on Transgender Rights

2017-04-05

LGBT Employees Protected By Federal Civil Rights Act, Appeals Court Rules

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Rights - Notable Birthdays

George MasonDec 11, 1725

Elizabeth Cady StantonNov 12, 1815

Du BoisFeb 23, 1868

John Peters HumphreyApr 30, 1905

Dorothy HeightMar 24, 1912

Rosa ParksFeb 4, 1913

Andrei SakharovMay 21, 1921

Fred ShuttlesworthMar 18, 1922

Malcolm XMay 19, 1925

Martin Luther KingJan 15, 1929

Jimmie Lee JacksonDec 16, 1938

Al SharptonOct 3, 1954

Rights - Birthdays
Date Event
1622-01-01

Isaac Sweers, Dutch Admiral/general/Civil rights activist

1725-12-11

George Mason, Fairfax County Virginia, American statesman (Bill of Rights)

1754-01-15

Richard Martin, Irish animal rights activist (d. 1834)

1768-09-23

William Wallace, Scottish mathematician (Rights of Wallace)

1815-11-12

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Johnstown NY, women's rights activist

1824-02-26

Carlos Calvo, Argentine diplomat/people rights scholar (Calvo Clause)

1832-11-26

Mary Edwards Walker, American doctor/women's rights leader and only woman to receive Medal of Honor (bravery during Civil War)

1857-07-05

Clara Zetkin, German women's rights advocate/communist

1862-07-16

Ida Bell Wells-Barnett [Iola], US civil rights activist

1863-09-23

Mary Church Terrell, civil rights activist

1867-09-29

Philip Kleintjes, people's rights leader

1868-02-23

William E B Du Bois, Great Barrington Massachusetts, civil rights activist and writer (Souls of Black Folk)

1872-04-07

William Monroe Trotter, Hyde Park, Massachusetts, newspaper editor and African-American rights activist

1875-08-27

Katharine McCormick, American women's rights activist (d. 1967)

1882-05-21

Georgine M "May" Basting, actress (Hostage Rights of Aemstel)

1889-04-18

Jessie Street, Austrialian pro womans/aborigine rights fighter

1891-04-09

John Gobau, Flemish/Dutch actor (Electricity, Hostage Rights)

1892-02-29

Augusta Savage (Fells), Green Cove Springs Florida, African-American sculptor and equal rights advocate

1892-04-22

Vernon Johns, American civil rights activist (d. 1965)

1898-05-03

Septima Poinsette Clark, civil rights activist/educator

1898-07-27

Audley Moore, civil rights activist, humanitarian [Queen Mother]

1901-08-30

Roy Wilkins, civil rights director (NAACP)

1905-04-30

John Peters Humphrey, Hampton, New Brunswick, Canadian jurist and human rights advocate (Universal Declaration on Human Rights)

1905-07-05

Myles Horton, American educator and Civil Rights Movement teacher (d. 1990)

1907-05-01

Oliver Hill, civil rights attorney (d. 2007)

1907-08-31

Augustus F. Hawkins, American politician and civil rights lawmaker (d. 2007)

1908-03-23

Dominique de Menil, arts patron/human rights advocate

1909-10-28

Claude Bourdet, human rights activist/journalist

1910-03-04

Tancredo Neves, president of Civil rights activist

1910-03-17

Bayard Rustin, civil rights leader

1912-01-25

Lucius E Burch Jr, US lawyer/civil rights leader

1912-03-24

Dorothy Height, Richmond, Virginia, American civil rights and women's rights activist

1912-03-24

Dorothy Height, Before the Memories Fade: Voices from the Civil Rights Movement

1913-02-04

Rosa Parks, Tuskegee Alabama, American civil rights activist (bus protestor)

1913-02-04

Rosa Parks, Of Civil Wrongs & Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story

1914-07-24

Kenneth B Clark, Canal Zone, civil rights activist (Dark Ghetto)

1915-08-22

David Dellinger, American social rights and peace movement leader (d. 2004)

1917-03-11

Robert L Carter, Caryville, Florida, American civil rights activist and judge (Brown v. Board of Education, NAACP v. Alabama) (d. 2012)

1918-01-28

Wilson Ferreira Aldunate, Uruguayan politician/human rights worker

1918-04-23

Gordon Hirabayshi, Seattle, Washington, American civil rights activist and WWII internment opponent (Hirabayshi v. United States), (d. 2012)

1918-05-24

Coleman A Young, civil rights leader (Mayor-D-Detroit)

1918-06-17

Yvonne Manners, Conjugal Rights

1919-01-30

Fred Korematsu, Of Civil Wrongs & Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story

1920-01-12

James Farmer, Marshall, Tex, civil rights leader

1920-01-20

Howard Baugh, Silver Wings & Civil Rights: The Fight to Fly

1920-11-16

Paul E. Brown, Silver Wings & Civil Rights: The Fight to Fly

1920-12-04

Jeanne Manford, Flushing, Queens, gay rights activist, (d. 2013)

1921-05-21

Andrei Sakharov, Moscow, physicist, human rights worker (Nobel '75)

1921-07-31

Whitney M Young Jr, civil rights leader, head of Urban League

1922-03-18

Fred Shuttlesworth, Mount Meigs Alabama, American civil rights activist

1922-09-11

Charles Evers, civil rights leader (Amazing Grace)

1924-04-17

Althea T L Simmons, human rights activist/chief lobbyist (NAACP)

1924-08-15

Phyllis Schlafly, The Equal Rights Amendment

1925-01-31

Benjamin Hooks, civil rights leader

1925-05-19

Malcolm X, [Little], [Detroit Red], Omaha Nebraska, human rights activist and founder of the Black Muslims

1925-11-21

Johan "Poncke" Princen, KNIL-defector/civil rights in Djakarta

1926-03-11

Ralph Abernathy, civil rights leader (Southern Christian Leadership)

1926-04-10

Johnnie Tillmon, civil rights activist (Natl Welfare Rights Association)

1927-04-27

Coretta Scott King, Marion Ala, civil rights leader

1929-01-15

Martin Luther King Jr., Atlanta, American clergyman and leader of the Civil Rights Movement (Nobel 1964)

1929-03-12

Lupe Anguiano, Mexican-American civil rights activist

1930-06-24

Flip Schulke, Stills of the Movement: The Civil Rights Photojournalism of Flip Schulke

1930-11-10

Clarence M Pendleton Jr, chairman of US comm on Civil Rights (1981-88)

1932-05-29

Paul Ehrlich, Kids Rights

1933-03-17

Myrlie Evers, Stills of the Movement: The Civil Rights Photojournalism of Flip Schulke

1933-06-25

James Meredith, American civil rights activist

1935-08-15

Vernon Eulion Jordan Jr, civil rights activist (National Urban League)

1936-02-12

Fang Lizhi, The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award on PBS

1938-02-17

Mary Frances Berry, educator/head (US Commission on Civil Rights)

1938-07-08

Marian Ackerman, women's rights advocacy administrator

1938-12-16

Jimmie Lee Jackson, Marion Alabama, American civil rights protestor

1939-12-09

Patrician Stephens Due, Quincy, Florida, African-American civil rights activist (FAMU jail-in), (d. 2012)

1940-01-14

Julian Bond, Nashville Tenn, (D-Ga) civil rights leader

1941-01-09

Joan Baez, Staten Island, folk singer/human rights advocate

1943-05-10

James Earl Chaney, US civil rights activist

1943-11-06

Michael Schwerner, civil rights worker, murdered in 1964

1943-11-23

Andrew Goodman, civil rights worker, murdered in 1964

1945-03-09

Laura Lee, [Rundless], singer (Dirty Man, Women's Love Rights)

1946-05-19

Claude Lelièvre, Belgian commissioner for children's rights

1946-12-31

Pius Ncube, Zimbabwean human rights advocate

1948-03-04

Jean O'Leary, American gay and lesbian rights activist and politician (d. 2005)

1948-04-08

Michael Leshner, Canadian lawyer and gay rights advocate

1949-03-16

Bertha Knox Gilkey, welfare & tenament rights for urban women

1950-10-28

Sihem Bensedrine, Tunisian human rights activist

1954-06-01

Phil Zwickler, Rights and Reactions: Lesbian & Gay Rights on Trial

1954-10-03

Al Sharpton [Alfred Charles], Brooklyn, New York, minister and civil rights activist (Keepin' It Real)

1954-10-19

William Broderick, Rising Up: The Story of the Zombie Rights Movement

1959-07-09

Clive Stafford Smith, British human-rights lawyer

1960-12-14

Bob Paris, American bodybuilder and gay rights advocate

1960-12-29

Dave Pelzer, Kids Rights

1961-01-31

Jay Samit, True Rights

1970-05-22

Shane Morton, Wrong or Rights?

1974-07-20

Kevin Meadows, gay rights activist

1976-03-09

Thor Halvorssen, human rights activist

1977-04-02

Nathan Verbois, Rights of Passage

1977-11-18

Carl Anhalt, Zombie Rights!

1979-04-11

Nazanin Afshin-Jam, Miss World Canada 2003, Singer/Songwriter, Human Rights Activist

1979-12-14

Chris Cheng, Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire

1980-9-12

Matthew Hobin, Animal Rights

1981-07-02

Alex Koroknay-Palicz, American youth rights activist

1982-05-06

Dan Vilela, Silver Wings & Civil Rights: The Fight to Fly

1984-9-24

Jesse Meyerson, Rising Up: The Story of the Zombie Rights Movement

1985-10-06

Keenan Culler, Last Rights

Rights - Notable Weddings

Phillis WheatleyApr 1, 1778

Elizabeth Cady StantonMay 1, 1840

Rosa ParksDec 18, 1932

Martin Luther KingJun 18, 1953

Alice WalkerMar 17, 1967

Rights - Weddings
Date Event
1778-04-01

Poet Phillis Wheatley (24) weds grocer and advocate for black rights John Peters

1840-05-01

Women's rights activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton (24) weds fellow abolitionist Henry Brewster Stanton (34)

1932-12-18

Civil rights activist Rosa Parks (19) weds Raymond Parks (29) in Montgomery, Alabama

1953-06-18

Civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. (24) marries fellow activist and singer Coretta Scott (26)

1967-03-17

Novelist Alice Walker (23) weds civil rights lawyer Melvyn Leventhal in New York City

2013-09-01

Screenwriter Seth Meyers (39) weds human rights lawyer Alexi Ashe on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts

Rights - Notable Deaths

George MasonOct 7, 1792

Sojourner TruthNov 26, 1883

Elizabeth Cady StantonOct 26, 1902

Malcolm XFeb 21, 1965

Jimmie Lee JacksonFeb 26, 1965

John Peters HumphreyMar 14, 1995

Rosa ParksOct 24, 2005

Dorothy HeightApr 20, 2010

Fred ShuttlesworthOct 5, 2011

Rights - Deaths
Date Event
1653-08-29

Gillesz de Hondecoeter, painter/Hostage rights, buried at about 49

1673-08-21

Isaac Sweers, Dutch fleet admiral/Civil rights activist, dies at 51

1792-10-07

George Mason, American statesman (advocated for the Bill of Rights), dies of natural causes at 66

1817-09-09

Paul Cuffe, civil rights activist (Sierre Leone), dies at 58

1843-04-28

William Wallace, Scottish mathematician (rights of Wallace), dies

1874-03-11

Charles Sumner, a white civil rights leader, dies at 63

1880-11-11

Lucretia Mott, US quaker (1st Woman's Rights Convention), dies

1883-11-26

Sojourner Truth, US abolitionist/women's rights advocate, dies at 96

1887-11-25

Johann J Bachofen, Swiss historic rights, dies at 71

1902-10-26

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, American women's rights activist (b. 1815)

1939-03-19

Lloyd L. Gaines, American civil rights activist

1954-07-24

Mary Church Terrell, educator/civil rights leader, dies at 90

1955-05-18

Mary McLeod Bethune, educator & civil rights leader, dies at 79

1955-09-07

Earnest Rabel, Austrian/US civil rights activist, dies at 81

1961-01-24

Willem J M van Eysinga, people rights scholar, dies at 82

1962-03-26

Augusta Savage, African-American sculptor and equal rights advocate dies aged 72

1964-06-21

Andrew Goodman, US civil rights activist, murdered at 20

1964-06-21

James Chaney, US civil rights activist, murdered at 21

1964-06-21

Michael Schwerner, US civil rights activist, murder at 21

1965-02-21

Malcolm X, [Little], black Moslem leader and human rights activist, assassinated in NYC at 39

1965-02-26

Jimmie Lee Jackson, civil rights activist, dies from gunshot wounds at 26

1965-03-11

James Reeb, US vicar/civil rights activist, murdered

1965-03-25

Viola Gregg Liuzzo, US civil rights activist, murdered

1967-12-28

Katharine McCormick, American women's rights activist (b. 1875)

1970-07-02

Jessie Street, Australian civil rights activist, dies

1976-03-30

Jacqueline Royaards-Sandberg, actress (Hostage Rights), dies at 99

1976-05-01

T.R.M. Howard, civil rights leader, entrepreneur, surgeon (b. 1908)

1977-03-14

Fannie Lou Hamer, American civil rights activist (b. 1917)

1979-05-16

Asa Philip Randolph, labor leader & civil rights pioneer, dies at 90

1981-04-15

French Duynstee, Dutch states rights leader, dies at 67

1981-09-08

Roy Wilkins, American civil rights activist (b. 1901)

1987-08-24

Bayard Rustin, US civil rights activist, dies at 77

1988-06-05

Clarence M Pendleton, chairman of comm on Civil Rights (1981-88) dies

1990-02-07

Dom Heider Camara, nonviolent/human rights Bishop of Brazil, dies

1990-04-17

Ralph David Abernathy, US civil rights leader, dies

1990-10-17

Ralph Abernathy, civil rights activist, dies at 64

1991-01-21

Richard Bolling, (Rep-D-Mo)/US civil-rights leader, dies at 74

1991-05-07

Phil Zwickler, Rights and Reactions: Lesbian & Gay Rights on Trial

1991-08-15

Marietta Tree, ambassador (UN Comm of Human Rights), dies at 74

1995-03-14

John Peters Humphrey, Canadian jurist and human rights advocate, dies at 89

1996-03-10

Lucius E Burch Jr, US civil rights leader, dies at 84

1996-03-20

Claude Bourdet, human rights activist/journalist, dies at 86

1996-05-23

Kronid Arkadyevich Lyubarsky, human rights activist, dies at 61

1996-06-11

Kevin Meadows, gay rights activist, dies at 21

1997-12-31

Dominique de Menil, arts patron/human rights advocate, dies at 89

1998-10-14

Cleveland Amory, American writer and animal rights activist (b. 1917)

1998-11-15

Stokely Carmichael, American civil rights activist (b. 1941)

1998-12-14

Aloyisus Leon Higginbotham, Jr., American civil rights activist and author (b. 1928)

2001-04-24

Leon Sullivan, African-American civil rights leader and pastor (b. 1922)

2001-06-15

Yvonne Manners, Conjugal Rights

2002-12-06

Philip Berrigan, American civil rights activist (b. 1923)

2005-01-10

James Forman, American civil rights leader (b. 1928)

2005-03-30

Fred Korematsu, American civil rights activist (b. 1919)

2005-03-30

Fred Korematsu, Of Civil Wrongs & Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story

2005-10-12

C. Delores Tucker, American politician and civil rights activist (b. 1927)

2005-10-13

Vivian Malone Jones, American civil rights activist (b. 1942)

2005-10-24

Rosa Parks, American civil rights activist, dies of natural causes at 92

2005-10-24

Rosa Parks, Of Civil Wrongs & Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story

2006-03-06

Anne Braden, American civil rights activist (b. 1924)

2006-10-24

Enolia McMillan, American civil rights activist (b. 1904)

2007-08-10

Henry Cabot Lodge Bohler, American member of Tuskegee Airmen and civil rights activist (b. 1925)

2007-11-10

Augustus F. Hawkins, American politician and civil rights lawmaker (b. 1907)

2008-05-15

Flip Schulke, Stills of the Movement: The Civil Rights Photojournalism of Flip Schulke

2008-07-27

Paul E. Brown, Silver Wings & Civil Rights: The Fight to Fly

2008-08-23

Howard Baugh, Silver Wings & Civil Rights: The Fight to Fly

2008-12-19

James Bevel, 1960s Civil rights movement leader (b. 1936)

2010-01-05

Murray Saltzman, Reform Jewish rabbi and civil rights leader (b. 1929)

2010-04-20

Dorothy Height, American civil rights activist, dies at 98

2010-04-20

Dorothy Height, Before the Memories Fade: Voices from the Civil Rights Movement

2010-05-24

Raymond V. Haysbert, African-American business executive and civil rights leader (b. 1920)

2011-09-21

Troy Anthony Davis, American high-profile death row inmate and human rights activist (executed) (b. 1968)

2011-10-05

Fred Shuttlesworth, American civil rights activist, dies at 89

2011-10-05

Derrick Bell, American legal scholar and civil rights advocate (b. 1930)

2012-01-02

Gordon Hirabayashi, civil rights activist and WWII internment opponent dies after Alzheimer's disease at 93

2012-01-03

Robert L Carter, American civil rights activist and judge, dies after complications from a stroke at 94

2012-02-07

Patricia Stephens Due, African-American civil rights activist, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 72

2012-04-06

Fang Lizhi, The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award on PBS

2013-01-08

Jeanne Manford, American gay rights activist, dies at 92

2015-12-01

Floyd Wiebe, Winnipeg gang awareness activist and victims' rights advocate, dies at 61

2016-04-27

Veteran Chinese human rights campaigner Harry Wu dies, aged 79

2017-02-20

Norma McCorvey, lesbian pioneer of American abortion rights, dies aged 69

2017-04-25

Fred Heatley, a founder of the civil rights movement, dies aged 82

2017-09-13

Edith Windsor: Gay rights trailblazer dies aged 88


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