This Day In History: 2017-11-23

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.

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June 10, 1955 - "First Spanish-language TV Station Goes on Air" In San Antonio, Texas, KCOR went on air, becoming the first Spanish-language television station in the country. The station, which is now known as KWEX, was originally named after Raoul Cortez, the owner of the station. KCOR was also the first Spanish-language commercial station in the U.S., as well as the first station in south Texas to broadcast on the UHF band.

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