Feb 17

On This Day In Black History: February 17

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1918;  Birthday of Rep. Charles A. Hayes, D-Illinois, who was born in Cairo, Illinois. In 1989, Hayes was re-elected to a fourth term in the House of Representatives. He was first elected Sept. 12, 1983.


1967;  Ronald De Voe, Singer of Bell Biv DeVoe Born Boston, MA, February 17, 1967.


1997;  Virginia House of Delegates votes unanimously to retire the state song, “Carry me back to old virginia” , a tune which glorifies slavery.


1891;  A. C. Richardson, a black inventor, invented the churn, patent #466,470


1936;  James Nathaniel Brown, 63, Pro Football Hall of Fame Fullback, Born February 17, 1936 in St. Simons Island, GA






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Feb 16

On This Day In Black History: February 16

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1970;  Joe Frazier knocked out Jimmy Ellis in the second round of their New York fight and became the world heavyweight boxing champion.


1923;  On this day Bessie Smith makes her first recording, “Down Hearted Blues,” which sells 800,000 copies for Columbia Records.


1857;  Frederick Douglass elected President of Freedman Bank and Trust.


1951;  New York City Council passed bill prohibiting racial discrimination in city-assisted housing developments.







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Feb 15

On This Day In Black History: February 15

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1964;  Louis Armstrong’s “Hello Dolly” recording becomes his first and only number one record.


1961;  U.S. and African nationalist protesting the slaying of Congo Premire Patrice Lumumba distrupts U.N. sessions


1848;   Sarah Roberts barred from white school in Boston. Her father, Benjamin Roberts, filed the first school integration suit on her behalf.


1965;  Nat King Cole (45), singer and pianist, died in Santa Monica, California.


1851;   Black abolitionists invaded Boston courtroom and rescued a fugitive slave.







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Feb 13

Five Ways Guys Screw Up Buying Flowers



“GQ” talked to a bunch of florists about how clueless guys are when it comes to buying flowers.  Here are five ways they screw it up . . .



1.  Waiting until the last minute.  If you do, there might not be much to choose from at flower shops.  Or you’ll end up buying a cheap bouquet at the grocery store.  Which is still better than nothing.  Just figure out what you’re doing today, not tomorrow.



2.  Not asking for help.  If you don’t know what kind of flowers to get, ask the florist for suggestions, and tell them what you can spend.  Don’t be timid about it.  They deal with clueless guys constantly.



3.  Always buying roses.  They’re a safe bet, so that’s why guys do it.  But lots of other flowers are good for Valentine’s Day too, like orchids.  Again, ask for help if you need it.



4.  Choosing colors that aren’t romantic enough.  Guys tend to be drawn to really bright colors, like yellow and orange.  But darker, more neutral colors are the way to go for something like Valentine’s Day.



5.  Revealing them in a boring way.  Don’t leave them in plastic and put them on the table.  At least put them in a vase first.  Or send them to her at work, so she can brag.



According to a florist in New York, the one boring thing you CAN get away with is hiding them behind your back with one hand.  Women love that for some reason.




Feb 10

On This Day In Black History: February 10

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1992; Alex Haley, American biographer, scriptwriter, author who became famous with the publication of the novel ROOTS, dies.


1927; 1946 Georgia-born Jackie Robinson — major league baseball’s first black player — married Rachel Isum.


1940; Singer Roberta Flack was born


1868; Conservatives, aided by military forces, seized convention hall and established effective control over Reconstruction process in Florida. Republican conservatives drafted new constitution which concentrated political power in hands of governor and limited the impact of the Black vote.

Source: BlackFacts.com



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Feb 9

On This Day In Black History: February 9

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1952;  Author Ralph Ellison’s novel Invisible Man wins the National Book Award

1995; Bernard Harris, African-American astronaut, takes space walk.
1971; Baseball Hall of Fame inducts Leroy “Satchel” Paige.
1944;  Novelist Alice Walker was born in Eatonton, Georgia.
1906; Death of poet and novelist Paul Laurence Dunbar (33), Dayton, Ohio.


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Feb 8

The Three Things Single People Hate Hearing the Most on Valentine’s Day



We have a weird impulse to try to console our single friends on Valentine’s Day . . . even though they REALLY don’t want to hear it.


A new survey found 65% of single people don’t want your advice . . . and they won’t listen to it.



It also found the three things they HATE hearing the most . . .



1.  “You’ve got to put yourself out there.”


2.  “Don’t be so picky.”


3.  “It will happen when you least expect it.”



So who DO they want advice from . . . you know, when they’re actually in the mood to hear it?



48% of men go to their male friends for advice, 34% go to female friends, and 13% go to their EX.  For women, 66% go to female friends, 35% go to male friends, and 27% go to their PARENTS.



(Singles in America)

Feb 6

On This Day In Black History: February 6

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1945; Bob Marley, Jamacian reggae star is born.


1993; Tennis player Arthur Ashe dies. Ashe was the first African American to win at Wimbledon.


1972; Robert Lewis Douglas founder and coach of the Rens, is inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.


1870; On this day, Jonathan Jasper Wright was elected to the South Carolina Supreme Court.


1867; The Peabody Fund for Black education in the South established.






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Feb 3

On This Day In Black History: February 3

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1948; Laura Wheeler Waring, portrait painter and illustrator dies.


1920; The Negro Baseball League founded.


1964; School officials reported that 464,000 Black and Puerto Rican students boycotted New York City public schools. More than 267,000 were absent during second boycott, March 16.


1989; Tennis professional Lori McNeil defeated Chris Evert in the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.


1989; Former Saint Louis Cardinals first baseman Bill White is named president of the National League. He is the first African American to head a major sports league.






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Feb 2

On This Day In Black History: February 2

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1897; Alfred L. Cralle invented the ice cram scooper, patent #576,395


1862; District of Columbia abolishes slavery

1948; President Truman sent Congress a special message urging adoption of a civil rights program, including a fair employment practices commission and anti-lynching and anti-poll tax measures.

1839; Inventor Edmond Berger patented the spark plug.

1915; Biologist Ernest E. Just receives the Spingarn medal for his pioneering in cell division and fertilization.




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