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...

Chris Rock Born

1872 – Alcorn A&M College (now known as Alcorn State University was founded in Mississippi. Alcorn is a public, historically black, comprehensive, land-grant institution located northwest of Lorman, Mississippi, approximately 80 miles southwest of Jackson, Mississippi.    ...

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...

Ralph Ellison wins N...

    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...

James Earl Jones Bor...

    1931 – Actor James Earl Jones born Actor James Earl Jones was born in Arkabutla, Tate County, Mississippi. His movie credits include The Hunt for Red October, Roots, Dr. Strangelove and voices in both Star Wars and The Lion King. 1931 – Lawrence Douglas Wilder was...

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