On This Day In Black History: February 28

February 28, 2017

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BHM 17

 

1943;  Porgy and Bess opened on Broadway with Anne Brown and Todd Duncan in starring roles.

 

1942;  Race riot, Sojourner Truth Homes, Detroit.

 

1708;  Slave revolt, Newton, Long Island (N.Y.). Seven whites killed. Two Black male slaves and an Indian slave were hanged, and a Black woman was burned alive.

 

1984;  Musician and entertainer Michael Jackson wins eight Grammy Awards. His album, “Thriller”, broke all sales records to-date, and remains one of the top-grossing albums of all time.

1932;  Richard Spikes invented/patented automatic gear shift.
1990;  Philip Emeagwali awarded the Gordon Bell Prize (computing’s Nobel Prize) for solving one of the twenty most difficult problems in the computing field.