This Day In History: 2017-05-13
May 15, 2003 – “Mexican-American Becomes First Owner of a Major Sport Team” Arturo “Arte” Moreno purchased the Anaheim Angels, becoming the first Mexican-American to own a major sports team. Moreno purchased the team from the team from the Walt Disney Corporation. He made the
majority of the wealth he used to buy the Angels by growing the billboard company Outdoor Systems and then
selling it to Infinity Broadcasting for $8 billion. Prior to purchasing the Angels, Moreno purchased the Salt Lake Trappers minor league baseball team with a team of 17 other investors.
November 18, 1945 - "Wilma Mankiller, First Female Chief of the Cherokee Nation, is Born"
Wilma Mankiller, who served as the Chief of the Cherokee Nation for ten years from 1985 to 1995, was born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. In 1985, Mankiller became the first female Chief of the Cherokee Nation. Before serving in this capacity, she served as the deputy chief of the Cherokee Nation for two years, getting elected to the post in 1983. Mankiller became the Chief when Ross Swimmer died in 1985, but was elected to the post in 1987 and then reelected in 1991. Under the U.S. federal policy of Native American self-determination, Mankiller improved federal-tribal negotiations.