Friday, May 20

On this Day in Black History

325 - The Ecumenical council was inaugurated by Emperor Constantine in Nicea, Asia Minor.
1506 - In Spain, Christopher Columbus died in poverty.
1704 - Elias Neau opens a school for slaves in New York City.
1743 - Pierre-Dominique Toussaint L'Overture, born
1787 - The Rankin House was created as a result of the NW Ordinance
1851 - “Voice of the Fugitive” newspaper was founded
1868 - James J. Harris & P.B.S Pinchback were the first African-American delegates to a Republican National Convention. They support the nomination U.S. Grant for President.
1874 - Levi Strauss began marketing blue jeans with copper rivets.
1908 - Jimmy Stewart born
1909 - Reuben Crowder (Ernest Hogan) died
1910 - Scatman Crothers (Benjamin Sherman Crothers) born
1918 - Dunbar Hospital founded
1940 - Frederick "Shorty" Long born
1945 - Harold Ford born
1951 - The New York Branch of the NAACP honored Josephine Baker for her work against racism.
1951 - Luther Vandross born
1952 - Mr. T (Lawrence Tero)born
1952 - "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler born
1959 - Lt. General Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. became the first African-American Major General in the U.S. Army.
1961 - Mob attacked Freedom Riders in Montgomery. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy dispatched four hundred U.S. Marshals to keep order.
1967 - Jimi Hendrix signed with Reprise Records.
1971 - Pentagon reported that Blacks constituted 11% of U.S. soldiers in Southeast Asia. The report also said 12.5 per cent of all soldiers killed in Vietnam since 1961 were Black.
1972 - Busta Rhymes born
1983 - Car bomb in South Africa kills 16
1996 - The final episode of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" aired on NBC.
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