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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 surgery.