Saturday, August 20

On this Day in Black History

1619 - The Dutch brought the first Black slaves to the colony of Jamestown, VA
1667 - John Milton published Paradise Lost, an epic poem about the fall of Adam and Eve.
1802 - George Bonga born
1830 - Richard Allen chaired the first National Negro Convention in Philadelphia
1831 - Nat Turner led the first slave revolt of magnitude
1856 - Wilberforce University established
1866 - President Andrew Johnson officially declared that the American Civil War was over
1899 - Roger Arliner Young born
1905 - Jack Teagarden born
1920 - Otis Boykin born
1939 - National Negro Bowling Association was organized in Detroit, MI and Wynston Brown became its first president.
1941 - William Herbert Gray III (Bill Gray) born
1942 - Isaac Hayes born
1944 - SS Frederick Douglass, the first ship named in honor of a black man, was lost in European waters
1944 - Anna Lucasta, starring Hilda Simms and Frederick O'Neal, opened on Broadway
1948 - Robert Plant born
1952 - John Hiatt born
1954 - Al Roker born
1955 - Bo Diddley made his first appearance at the Apollo Theater
1965 - KRS-One born
1967 - The New York Times reported about a noise reduction system for album and tape recording developed by technicians R. and D.W. Dolby
1969 - Frank Zappa disbanded the Mothers of Invention
1992 - Dr. David Satcher named director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention
1996 - Snoop Doggy Dogg settled out of court with the Woldemariam family in a wrongful death suit
1998 - Rape charges against DMX (Earl Simmons) were dropped
1999 - Bobby Sheehan (Blues Traveler) was found dead
2000 - Tiger Woods won at the 82nd PGA Golf Championship in Louisville, KY
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