Vanessa Williams Born...

1963 – Vanessa L. Williams born Actress-singer and the first black Miss America Vanessa L. Williams is born in Millwood, New York. 1947 – Wilson Pickett born R&B singer Wilson Pickett is born in Prattville, Alabama. 1938 – Country singer Charlie Pride born Country and western singer Charlie Pride was born in Sledge,...

Maurice Ashley Named Chess Grandmaster...

 1999 – First Black Grandmaster Maurice Ashley, an immigrant from Jamaica, was 14 and living in Brooklyn, when he feel in love with the game of chess after reading a book about Paul Morphy, a 19th-century Louisianian who was America’s first great chess player. Ever since, Ashley has focused his life on the game. As a student at Brooklyn Technical … 1946 – Jackie Roosevelt Robinson’s professional debut Jackie Roosevelt Robinson made his professional debut as a member of the Montreal Royals in the Daytona Beach ballpark that now bears his name. One year later, Robinson would break Major League Baseball’s color barrier and earn the inaugural Rookie of the Year Award as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Robinson ba… 1919 – Nat King Cole, singer, born Nat King Cole, singer, born 1806 – Norbert Rillieux, Inventor and Egyptologist, born Norbert Rillieux, chemical engineer, inventor and Egyptologist, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. The son of an inventor and engineer, Rillieux was educated in Paris schools and, at 24, became an instructor at L’Ecole Centrale and published papers on steam economy. Rillieux is best known for inventing the “multiple...

Quincy Jones Born

1933 – Quincy Jones was born Quincy Jones, Music Impresario, Born March 14, 1933 in Chicago’s South Side. He first fell in love with music when he was in elementary school. He settled on the trumpet after trying nearly all the instruments in his school band. At the age of 18 he won a scholarship to Berkley College of Music in Boston. In his...

Malcolm X Resigned from the Nation of Islam...

1964 – Malcolm X resigned from the Nation of Islam Malcolm X resigned from the Nation of Islam. 1932 – Andrew Young born Andrew Young, former US United Nations ambassador, former congressman and former mayor of Atlanta, born in New Orleans, Louisiana. 1955 – Death of Charlie Parker Death of Charlie Parker (34), one of the founders of the modern jazz movement, in New York City. 1982 – Charles Fuller wins the Pulitzer Prize Charles Fuller wins the Pulitzer Prize for A Soldier’s Play...

Ralph Abernathy Born

1926 – Rev. Ralph David Abernathy born The Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, aide to the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Southern Christian Leadership Conference figure, was born in Linden, Alabama. 1959 – Flip Wilson Honored Comedian and television star Flip Wilson received the International Broadcasting Man of the Year Award. Flip Wilson was the first Afro-American to be a television superstar. 1968 – Soul singer Otis Redding posthumously receives a gold record for the single “The Soul singer Otis Redding posthumously receives a gold record for the single “The Dock of the Bay.” Redding was killed in a plane crash three months...

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