On This Day In Black History

February 23, 2015

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February 23, 1929;

Baseball catcher Elston Gene Howard was born in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1965, Howard signed a $70,000 contract with the NY Yankees and became the highest paid player in the history of baseball at the time.
  • 1995; Bass Singer Melvin Franklin of The Temptations died of complications following a brain seizure in Los Angeles. He was 53
  • 1965; Constance Baker Motley elected Manhattan Borough president, the highest elective office held by a Black woman in a major American city
  • 1869; Constance Baker Motley elected Manhattan Borough president, the highest elective office held by a Black woman in a major American city
  • 1868; On this day Dr.William Edward Burghardt DuBois, educator and civil rights advocate, is born in Great Barrington, Mass.