Thursday, August 18

On this Day in Black History

1227 - Ghengis Khan died
1774 - Merriwether Lewis born
1859 - Our Nig by Harriet Wilson, probably the first novel written by an African-American woman, published
1887 - Eatonville, Florida, an all-black community, founded...see Zora Neale Hurston
1920 - Tennessee ratified the 19th Amendment (right of all American women to vote) to the U.S. Constitution
1921 - Howard Jones born
1921 - Warren G. Harding Lee (Lee Jackson) born
1933 - Roman Polanski born
1934 - Rafer Johnson born
1935 - Gail Fisher born
1935 - Simmie Knox born
1945 - Nona Hendryx born
1956 - "Hound Dog" by Big Mama Thornton released
1962 - Ringo Starr debuted with The Beatles
1963 - James Meredith became the first African-American to graduate from "Ole Miss" (University of Mississippi)
1964 - South Africa was banned from the Olympic Games
1969 - Edward Norton born
1970 - Malcolm-Jamal Warner born
1973 - Hank Aaron set a major league record with his 1,378th extra base
1976 - Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely, Jr. assumed command of the U.S. Third Fleet
1981 - Herschel Walker (UGa) took out a one million dollar insurance policy with Lloyds of London
1987 - Earl Campbell announced his retirement from the National Football League
1996 - The San Jose Mercury newspaper linked the Central Intelligence Agency to drugs brought into black Los Angeles by Nicaraguan Contras
2000 - Jimmie Lee Robinson, Chicago bluesman and APO Records artist, started a "hunger fast" in an effort to stop the University Of Illinois At Chicago's south campus expansion plans in the city's Maxwell Street district
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