1. Larry Holmes, a former professional boxer. He grew up in Easton, Pennsylvania, hence his boxing nickname, “The Easton Assassin.” He would win the heavyweight title in 1970 and defend it some 21 times. 61 Years ago
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1. In 1954, 56 Years ago Today, Defense Department eliminated segregated regiments.
2. In 1956, 54 Years ago Today, Mayor Gayle of Montgomery looks for legal ways to stop carpools.
3. In 1966, The Black Panther Party is founded in California by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale. The full name was the Black Panther Party for Self Defense. It was formed in large measure to bring attention to and combat brutality against blacks by the Oakland, Ca., Police Department.
4. In 1974, Muhammad Ali defeats George Foreman for the heavyweight boxing title. The fight took place in Zaire, now the Congo, and was billed as the “Rumble in the Jungle.”
5. In 1991, BET Holdings, Inc. sells 4.2 million shares of stock in an initial public offering, becoming the first black company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Co-founder Bob Johnson has since sold the company to the media giant, Viacom.
6. In 2009, 1 Years ago Today, President Obama Signs Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009
1. In 1898, The North Carolina Mutual and Provident Insurance Company is founded by John Merrick. The Company grows into the largest black-owned insurance firm in America.
2. In 1979, John Tate Won the vacant WBA heavyweight title, beating Gerrie Coetzee in Pretoria, South Africa.
1. Byrd Prillerman, Co-founder of Virginia State College one of West Virginia’s most prominent Negro educators, and former president of West Virginia Collegiate institute, now West Virginia State college. one of those responsible for having the land-grant school located in the Kanawha Valley, was the fourth president. During his tenure, academic programs were expanded and the institution was given a new name “The West Virginia Collegiate Institute.” Prillerman Hall is named for him.
2. LaWanda Page, actress and comedienne best known for her portrayal of Aunt Esther in the 1970s TV sitcom Sanford and Son. Known for using the “set you straight term” (Watch it sucker).
3. Georgia Montgomery Davis Powers, served for 21 years as a distinguished member of the state Senate in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. When elected in 1967, she became the first person of color and the first woman elected to the Kentucky’s State Senate.
4. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, PhD, The first African American female president of Spelman College from 1987-1997. She was president of Bennett College from 2002-2007. She is currently serving as director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art.
5. Michael Stephen Steele, Conservative politician, serving since January 2009 as the first African American chairman of the Republican National Committee.
6. Jennifer Holiday, singer and Tony Award-winning actress. She started her career on Broadway in musicals such as Dreamgirls, and later became a successful recording artist. She is best known for her debut single, the Dreamgirls showstopper and Grammy Award-winning R&B/Pop hit, “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.”
7. Evander Hollyfield, Former heavyweight Boxing Champion, He is a former World Undisputed Champion in both cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions, earning him the nickname “The Real Deal”. After winning the bronze medal in the Light Heavyweight division at the 1984 Summer Olympics, he debuted as a professional at the age of 21.
8. Bradley Lee Daugherty, retired basketball player with the University of North Carolina and later with the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA, joined ESPN’s return to NASCAR racing telecasts in 2007. He is currently a car owner and an analyst for NASCAR.
1. In 1750, Crispus Attucks escaped from his master in Framingham Mass.
2. In 1975, Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier fight in the “Thrilla in Manilla”. Ali wins.
3. In 1975, Virgie Ammons patents fireplace damper actuator, “Inside the fireplace chimney is a device called a “Damper”.
4. In 1991, Mike Powell broke the long jump world record when he jumped 8.95 meters at a meet in Tokyo. The previous mark-8.90 meters-was set by Bob Beamon at the 1968 Olympics.
1. In 1876, Edward Mitchell Bannister upsets racist whites who believe blacks have no artistic skill by winning a bronze medal for a painting he displayed at the American Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia.
2. In 1877, John Mercer Langston named minister of Haiti.
3. In 1892, A. L. Lewis received Patent for Window cleaner.
4. In 1912, W.C. Handy published (Memphis Blues) the first Blues Song.
5. In 1915, Xavier University, the first Black Catholic college in the US, opens in New Orleans.
6. In 1950, Charles H. Houston awarded the Spingarn Medal posthumously for his pioneering work in developing the NAACP legal campaign.
7. In 1950, Ezzard Charles defeated Joe Louis in heavyweight championship fight in New York City.
8. In 1950, Gwendolyn Brooks awarded Pulitzer Prize for her book of poetry, Annie Allen. She was the first Black cited by the Pulitzer committee.
9. In 1950, Ralph J. Bunche is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in mediating a conflict between Palestinians and the newly established Jewish state of Israel. Arabs had gone to war arguing the Jewish state had been established on land which rightfully belonged to the Palestinians.
10. In 1967, Washington D.C.’s Anacostia Museum dedicated to informing the community of contributions by African Americans to U.S. political, social, and cultural history, opens.
11. In 1969, Baby, I’m For Real” by the Originals is released, Until then the greatest piece of pure soul ever to come from Motown
12. In 1970, Diana Ross’ “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” is the #1 pop single and Ross’ first #1 hit as a solo artist.
13. In 1973, Fashion Fair Cosmetics went on sale at Marshall Field’s, Chicago.