Hattie McDaniel Wins...

   1940 – Hattie McDaniel wins an Oscar for Best Supporting actress in the movie “Gone With The Wind.” McDaniel portrayed “Mammy,” the house servant in the production based on the book by Margaret Mitchell. Hattie was the first African American to win...

Marian Anderson Born

   1844 – Members of a secret society called La Trinitaria declared the complete independence of the Dominican Republic from Haiti. The nation’s first Constitution, based upon that of the United States, was adopted on November 6, 1844. 1872 – Charlotte E. Ray...

Fats Domino Born

1926 – Theodore “Georgia Deacon” Flowers  becomes first Black middle-weight boxing champion. In front of a crowd of 16,311 at Madison Square Garden, Flowers defeated champion Harry Greb by unanimous decision to take the belt.     1928 – Singer...

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...

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.  ...

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