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 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 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 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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Dec 2

A Guy Is Using His Frequent Flyer Miles to Fly Strangers Home for Christmas

Photo: http://shoutitforlife.com/

Photo: http://shoutitforlife.com/

There’s a 44-year-old guy in New York named Peter Shankman who does business seminars all over the world.  So he racks up a lot of frequent flyer miles, and uses most of them to get plane tickets for his friends and family.

 

But he’s also using a bunch of them this year to buy tickets for complete STRANGERS who can’t afford to fly home for Christmas. He’s been asking people to explain why they deserve a free ticket on the site Imgur.com.  (Pronounced image-er.)

The ones who get the most votes by 5:00 P.M. Eastern today will get the tickets.  So HE’S not choosing who gets them, the Internet is.  (It’s probably too late to get in on the action, but this story explains how to apply for a free ticket.) He says he has enough miles to fly three or four people round-trip.  Or more depending on where each person’s going.

If this sounds familiar, it’s because he did the same thing last year.  And he also sent six people home for the holidays back in 2013, which inspired OTHER people to do it.  So about 25 people ended up getting free tickets that year. By the way, if YOU have a bunch of frequent flyer miles you want to donate to someone, there’s actually a website you can go through now called Abroaders.com.

 

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(Imgur / Lansing State Journal)

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