Toni Morrison Born

1931 – Toni Morrison born Toni Morrison (born Chloe Anthony Wofford) was born on this day. 1894 – Paul Revere Williams, renowned architect, born Paul Revere Williams, renowned architect,...

Nat King Cole Dies

1965 – Nat King Cole (45), singer and pianist, died in Nat King Cole (45), singer and pianist, died in Santa Monica, California. 1964 – Louis Armstrong’s “Hello Dolly” Louis Armstrong’s “Hello Dolly” recording becomes his first and only number one...

Chris Rock Born

1967 – Chris Rock Born Comedian, author, recording artist, actor, and talk show host Chris Rock was born in South Carolina. He will become a critically comedian, hosting his self titled show on HBO. He will also bring to the forefront a boycott of the flag of his birthplace. He will star in and make a few movies of his own. 1872 – Alcorn A&M College opened Alcorn A&M College opened. 1883 – Eubie Blake born Eubie Blake, pianist, born. 1945 – Irwin Molison appointed to Customs Court Irwin Molison appointed judge of the US Customs...

Oprah Winfrey Born

1954 – Oprah Winfrey birthday American television personality whose syndicated daily talk show is among the most popular was born in Kosciusko, Miss. 1926 – Violette Neatley Anderson Violette Neatley Anderson is the first African American woman admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court 1981 – William R. “Cozy” Cole, jazz drummer, dies. William R. “Cozy” Cole, jazz drummer, dies. His recording of “Topsy” became the only drum solo to sell more than one million...

Ralph Ellison wins National Book Award....

Ralph Ellison’s powerful novel, Invisible Man, wins the National Book Award. Ralph Ellison’s powerful novel, Invisible Man, wins the National Book Award. 1972 – Mahalia Jackson Gospel music legend Mahalia Jackson dies this day in Evergreen Park,...

Sam Cooke Born

1931 – Sam Cook, Father of Soul Music, born. Singer Sam Cook, the son of a minister and believed by many to be the first father of soul music, was born in Chicago, Illinois. Cook began his singing career with a gospel group known as the Singing Children. His fame came in 1965 with “You and Me,” “Only 16,” and his very famous “Stand By Me” and “Shake, Rattle and… 1800 – Nat Turner born Nat Turner born 1948 – George Foreman, two-time heavyweight boxing champion, was born in Marshall, TX. George Foreman, two-time heavyweight boxing champion, was born in Marshall, TX. In a 1973 Kingston, Jamaica bout, he defeated Joe Frazier to receive the haveyweight championship. Foreman kept the title for 22 months until losing it to Muhammad Ali. 1949 – James Gladden 1st certified orthopedic surgeon January 22, 1949 – James Robert Gladden becomes first African American certified in orthopedic...

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