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...

Billy Eckstine Dies

1993 – Billy Eckstine dies Singer Billy Eckstine died in Pittsburgh at age 78 1876 – U.S. Refuses to Seat P.B.S. Pinchback U.S. Senate refuses to seat P.B.S. Pinchback, elected Senator from Louisiana in 1873, after three years of...

Comedian Bert Williams Dies...

1922 – Bert Williams–a Leading Comedian At the turn of the century Bert Williams was one of America’s stop comedians. Comedian Eddie Cantor called him a comic “genius,” W.C. Fields, a comic genius himself, once described Williams as “the funniest man I ever saw.” Williams was the first Negro to make it on the American stage. His success opened the door… 1877 – Scientist/Inventor Garrett A. Morgan born Scientist Garrett A. Morgan was born in Paris, Kentucky. Inventor of a belt fastener for sewing machines, the gas mask, and the automatic traffic signal, he sold rights to General Electric for...

Harry Belafonte Born

1927 – Harry Belafonte born Singer/Actor Harry Belafonte is born in New York. 1960 – Pope John elevated Bishop Laurian Rugambwa of Pope John elevated Bishop Laurian Rugambwa of Tanganyika to College of Cardinals, the first Black cardinal in the modern era. 1949 – Joe Louis retired as heavyweight boxing after Joe Louis retired as heavyweight boxing after holding the title for a record eleven years and eight months. 1914 – Writer Ralph Ellison born 1914: Ralph Waldo Ellison, author of ‘The Invisible Man’, is born 1841 – Blanche Kelso Bruce Blanche Kelso Bruce, first Black to serve a full term in the United States Senate was born a slave in Prince Edward County,...

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