On This Day In Black History: February 16th

February 16, 2016

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  • 1923; On this day Bessie Smith makes her first recording, “Down Hearted Blues,” which sells 800,000 copies for Columbia Records.
  • 1970;  Joe Frazier knocked out Jimmy Ellis in the second round of their New York fight and became the world heavyweight boxing champion.
  • 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.