the Fifteenth Amendment  of the US Constitution guaranteed the right to vote regardless of “race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” It gave the right to all men of color to vote, but denied the right to women of all colors until the Nineteenth Amendment was passed some 50 years later.

The amendment complemented the Thirteenth and Fourteenth amendments, all products of the Civil War, which abolished slavery and granted citizenship, respectively, to African Americans.

Other notable events on February 3rd:

In 1972, the Iran Blizzard commences, becoming the deadliest snowstorm in history, killing over 4000 people over the course of a week.

In 1966, The unmanned Soviet spacecraft “Luna 9” touches down on the Moon, becoming the first spacecraft to carry out soft landing there.

In 1917, the United States sever diplomatic relations with Germany after the latter announced its intention of practicing unrestricted submarine warfare.

American political prints, 1766-1876 / Bernard F. Reilly. Boston : G.K. Hall, 1991, entry 1870-5.
Exhibited: “Capitol Visitor Center” at the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C., 2013.

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