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1981 - Bob Marley, reggae legend dies

Thursday, May 23,1981, the Honorable Robert Nesta Marley was given an official funeral by the people of Jamaica. Following the funeral -- attended by both the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition -- Bob's body was taken to his birthplace where it now rests in a mausoleum. Bob Marley was 36 years old.
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1971 - First Aboriginal Senator Chosen

First Aboriginal Senator Chosen Neville Bonner, the Queensland President of the One People of Australia League, is certain to become the first Aboriginal member of an Australian parliament. He was selected tonight for a Senate vacancy created by Dame Annabelle Rankin becoming high commissioner to New Zealand. The state governments, by convention, accept the nominee of the party whose senator is to be replaced. Mr Bonner wept as the Liberal Party announced the result, and said he was proud an Aborigine had finally made a breakthrough.
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1921 - Shuffle Along, first of a succession of popular

Shuffle Along, first of a succession of popular musicals featuring Black talent, opened at the 63rd Street Music Hall, New York City.
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1920 - Methodist Episcopal Church conference, meeting in

Methodist Episcopal Church conference, meeting in Des Moines, Iowa, elected two Black bishops Matthew W. Clair of Washington, D.C., and Robert E. Jones of New Orleans.
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1878 - Atty

Atty. John Henry Smyth named minister to Liberia.
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1871 - L. Bell patents smoke stack

Locmotive smoke stack May 23,1871 Patent# 115,153
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