Wednesday, August 31

On this Day in Black History

1521 - Cortés captured Tenochtitlan, Mexico and set it on fire
1823 - Ferdinand VII was restored to the throne of Spain (Battle of Trocadero)
1836 - Henry Bliar patented his cotton planter.
1842 - Josephine Ruffin born
1870 - Maria Montessori born
1879 - Livingstone College founded
1885 - Dubose Heyward born
1887 - Thomas Montgomery Gregory born
1907 - Augustus "Gus" Hawkins born
1935 - Eldridge Cleaver born
1935 - Frank Robinson born
1936 - Marva Collins born
1945 - Itzhak Perlman born
1945 - Van Morrison born
1955 - The beaten and mutilated remains of Emmitt Till was discovered in the Tallahatchie River
1960 - Chris Whitley born
1961 - A concrete wall replaced the barbed wire fence that separated East and West Germany, it will be called the Berlin Wall.
1962 - Trinidad-Tobago proclaimed independent
1979 - Donald McHenry named to succeed Andrew Young as UN Ambassador
1983 - Brig. Gen. Hazel Johnson (the first African-American woman to reach Brig. Gen) retired from the U.S. Army Nurse Corps
1995 - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opened
1997 - James Brown became the first U.S. artist to appear in Lebanon following the recent lift of the ban on U.S. travel to the country.
1999 - R.L. Burnside underwent heart surgery
2002 - Eugene Bennett was inducted into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame
2002 - Lionel Hampton died
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