Feb 28

On This Day In Black History: February 28

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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.

 

 

 

 

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Feb 27

On This Day In Black History: February 27

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1988;  Figure skater Debi Thomas becomes the first African American to win a medal (bronze) at the winter Olympic Games.

 

1964;  Anna Julia Cooper, champion for the rights of black women, dies at the age of 105.

 

1883;  Walter B. Purvis patented hand stamp.

 

1942;  Journalist Charlayne Hunter was born this day in Due West, South Carolina.

 

1872;  Charlotte Ray graduates from Howard Law School. She is the first African American lawyer in the U.S.

 

 

 

 

 

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Feb 23

On This Day In Black History: February 23

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1869;  Louisiana governor signed public accommodations law.

 

1995;  Bass Singer Melvin Franklin of The Temptations died of complications following a brain seizure in Los Angeles. He was 53.

 

1868;  On this day Dr.William Edward Burghardt DuBois, educator and civil rights advocate, is born in Great Barrington, Mass.

 

1979;  Frank E. Peterson Jr. named the first Black general in the Marine Corps.

 

1925;  Louis Stokes, former mayor of Detroit, Michigan, and member of the US House of Representatives, was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Stokes was the first African American elected to the House from Ohio.

 

 

 

 

 

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Feb 21

On This Day In Black History: February 21

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1936;   On this day Barbara Jordan, who will be the first African American woman elected to the House of Representatives, is born

 

1917;  Thelonious Sphere Monk (1917–82) Jazz musician; born in Rocky Mount, N.C. He was raised in New York

 

1965;  Malcolm X (39) assassinated in Audubon Ballroom at a rally of his organization. Three Blacks were later convicted of the crime and sentenced to life imprisonment.

 

1895;  North Carolina Legislature, dominated by Black Republicans and white Populists, adjourned for the day to mark the death of Frederick Douglass.

 

1987;  African Americans in Tampa, Florida rebelled after an African American man was killed by a white police officer while in custody.

 

 

Source: blackfacts.com

 

 

 

 

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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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