Charlie Sifford Breaks the PGA Color Barrier Jun11

Charlie Sifford Breaks the PGA Color Barrier...

On June 11, 1959, Charlie Sifford became the first Black player to take part in a a Pro Golfers Association event at the U.S. Open. Two years later, the PGA remove a provision in its bylaw which prevented Black from being members of the PGA. Sifford would become its first member and won two events over the course of his career. For a broader profile on Charlie Sifford, look at his profile at the Great Black Heroes...

The First Black Player Drafted In The NBA Apr25

The First Black Player Drafted In The NBA...

 The Boston Celtics selected Chuck Cooper in the second round of the 1950 NBA Draft, making him the first African American drafted in the NBA. Celtics owner Walter Brown famously said he didn’t care whether Cooper was “striped, plaid or polka dot,” after he was chosen. Cooper had played at Duquesne University and he joined Hall of Famers Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton and Earl Lloyd as the first blacks to enter the NBA when the 1950-51 season...

Hank Aaron Hit First Home Run Apr23

Hank Aaron Hit First Home Run...

 On this day in day in 1954, Henry “Hank” Aaron hit his first home run agains the St. Louis Cardinals. Aaron would be elected to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame after breaking Babe Ruth home run record in 1974. He retired with the all time home run record of 755 which lasted until...

Wilt Chamberlain Scores 100 Points Mar02

Wilt Chamberlain Scores 100 Points...

1807 – Congress bans the slave trade Congress banned the slave trade, prohibiting “the importation of slaves into the United States or the territories thereof” after January 1, 1808. 1867 – Universities and Colleges established Howard University established. Also founded or chartered in 1867 were Talladege College, Morgan State University, Johnson C. Smith College, and St. Augustine’s College. 1943 – Jazz artist George Benson born George Benson, jazz guitarist, protege and student of guitarist extraordinaire Chet Atkins, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Among Benson’s hits are “Breezin,” “Masquerade,” “The Greatest Love of All,” and “Love X...

Cassius Clay Becomes World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Feb25

Cassius Clay Becomes World Heavyweight Boxing Champion...

1964 – Cassius Clay becomes world heavyweight boxing champion. Cassius Clay becomes world heavyweight boxing champion. 1870 – Hirman R. Revels Hirman R. Revels of Mississippi sworn in as first Black U.S. senator and first Black representative in Congress. 1975 – Death of Elijah Muhammad Death of Elijah Muhammad (77), leader of the Nation of Islam, in Chicago. He was succeeded by his son, Wallace D. Muhammad. 1978 – Death of Daniel (“Chappie”) James Jr Death of Daniel (“Chappie”) James Jr. (58), retired Air Force general and the first Black promoted to four-star rank, at the Air Force Academy,...

Julius Erving Born Feb22

Julius Erving Born

1950 – Julius Erving Born...

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