Black Events in History



2013 Event - A security news site reports that the credit and debit card account stolen from 40 million Target Corporation customers are up for sale on the black market; cards are being sold from around $20 to more than $100 each

2013 Event - Attracting NATO criticism, Russia conducts unscheduled military exercises in the Black Sea

2013 Event - Officials at the Kremlin announce that the 2014 G8 summit will be held at Sochi, its southern Black Sea resort

2012 Event - Outgoing U.S. Senator Jim DeMint is replaced by GOP Congressman Tim Scott, the first black senator from the South since 1881

2012 Event - The black box is recovered from the Russian passenger jet that carried 44 passengers and crashed in the Indonesian province of West Java, leaving no survivors

2011 Event - With an unbeaten run of 14 wins, Australian mare Black Caviar ties the horse racing record for consecutive victories set by Phar Lap

2010 Event - A Japanese salmon subspecies, the black kokanee (Oncorhynchus nerka kawamurae) is discovered after being declared extinct in 1940

2010 Event - The first black mayor of a town in the former Eastern Bloc of Europe, Peter Bossman, becomes Mayor of Piran, Slovenia

2004 Death - Gibson Kente, wrote about life in South African black townships, known as Father of Black Theater in South Africa, dies

2004 Event - Wimbledon Women's Doubles Finals, Cara Black and Rennae Stubbs beat Ai Sugiyama and Liezel Huber

2004 Event - Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Finals, Cara Black and her brother Wayne Black beat Todd Woodbridge and Alicia Molik

2003 Death - Althea Gibson, tennis/golf great, first black woman to win Wimbledon, dies at 76

2003 Death - Maynard Jackson, lawyer/mayor, first black mayor of Atlanta, dies at 65

2002 Death - "General Benjamin O. Davis, Jr", Air Force General, first black general in the Air Force, dies at 89

2000 Death - Gwendolyn Brooks, poet, first black American to win a Pulitzer Prize, dies at 83

1998 Death - Kwame Ture, activist, "born as Stokely Carmichael, he led a number of black organizations", dies at 57

1998 Death - Tom Bradley, mayor, first black mayor of LA, dies at 80

1997 Death - Coleman Young, 1st black mayor of a major city (Detroit)

1997 Event - Rare black pearl necklace auctioned for record $902,000

1997 Event - At 6:11 AM San Francisco experiences a black out

1996 Event - Parlisha Williams (Louisiana) crowned Ms Black USA Metroplex

1996 Death - Preston Lockwood, actor (House of Windsor, Black Candle), dies at 83

1996 Death - Carl Stokes, 1st black mayor of a major U.S. city, Cleveland, dies

1995 Event - Million Man March held in Washington D.C. (over 800,000 black men attend)

1995 Death - Fischer S Black, Jr., financial Theorist, dies at 57

1995 Death - Lovelace Watkins, born in New Jersey, nicknamed, 'The Black Sinatra', singer, considered the greatest male soul singer of his time, dies of leukemia at 57

1995 Death - Alan Barton, singer (Smokie, Black Lace), dies in a bus crash

1995 Death - Peter Black, TV critic, dies at 82

1994 Death - Woodrow "Woody" Strode, U.S. rugby player/black cowboy actor (Oil), dies

1994 Death - Norman Beaton, actor (Eureka, Black Joy, Mighty Quinn), dies at 60

1994 Event - Ben Mokoena becomes 1st black mayor of Middelburg South Africa

1994 Death - Fredericka Carolyn Washington, actress (Black and Tan), dies at 90

1994 Event - Nelson Mandela sworn in as South Africa's 1st black president

1994 Event - 1st multi-racial election in South Africa begins [3 days] Dr. Nomaza Paintin is 1st black South African to vote

1994 Event - Robert F Kennedy, Jr. divorces Emily Black

1994 Death - Danny Barker, U.S. banjo player/guitarist (Bourbon St. Black), dies at 85

1993 Event - Black and white leaders in South Africa approve new democratic constitution

1993 Event - "White Liars/Black Comedy" closes at Criterion New York City after 38 performances

1993 Death - Clyde Adler, voice (White Fang/Black Tooth-Soupy Sales), dies

1993 Event - "White Liars/Black Comedy" opens at Criterion New York City for 38 performances

1993 Death - Ineke Shutter, choreography (Black Girl Goes to School), dies at 61

1993 Death - Masugi Ibuse, Japanese author (Kuroi ame (Black rain)), dies at 95

1993 Event - Pilar Fort, crowned 25th Miss Black America

1993 Death - Felix White, choreographer (Black Vibrations Theatre), dies at 65

1993 Event - South Africa White Wolves kill 5 year old black girl

1993 Death - John Steadman, actor (Gator, Fade to Black), dies of lung ailment 83

1993 Death - Thurgood Marshall, 1st black supreme court justice (1967-91), dies 84

1992 Event - New Jersey Devils organization announces that it will change its colors to black, red, and white for the 1992-93 season

1992 Death - Audre Lorde, St. Croix' feminist author (Black Unicorn), dies

1992 Event - Carol Moseley Brown elected 1st black female in U.S. Senate

1992 Event - Tipper Gore (wife of future Vice President) admits to covering clock on her VCR with black tape so she wouldn't have to watch it blink

1992 Event - Ebony P. Warren, crowned 24th Miss Black America

1992 Death - Jack Washburn, actor (Black Orchid), dies after long illness at 64

1991 Death - Headman Tshabala, musician (Ladysmith Black Mambazo), slain at 44

1991 Death - Headman Tshabalala, South Afr singer (Ladysmith Black Mambazo), dies

1991 Event - Michael Jackson's "Black or White" video premieres on FOX TV

1991 Death - Diane Brewster, actress (Courage of Black Beauty), dies at 60

1991 Event - Horse Racing Breeders' Cup Champs: Arazi, Black Tie Affair, Dance Smartly, Miss Alleged, Opening Verse, Pleasant Stage, Sheikh Albadou

1991 Event - Singer Clint Black (34) weds actress Lisa Hartman (29)

1991 Event - Actress Lisa Hartman weds country singer Clint Black

1991 Death - Roy Black, German singer and actor (Kinderarzt Dr. Froehlich), dies

1991 Death - Joop H Zwart, Spanish fighter/publicist (Black Widow), dies

1991 Event - Sharmell Sullivan (Gary, Indiana), 20, crowned 23rd Miss Black America

1991 Event - Mike Tyson is accused of raping a Miss Black America contestant

1991 Event - Mike Tyson meets Miss Black America contestants

1991 Death - Joy Finzi, Joyce A Black, British painter, dies at 84

1991 Event - Willy T. Ribbs becomes 1st black driver to make Indianapolis 500

1991 Event - "Black and Blue" closes at Minskoff Theater New York City after 829 performances

1991 Death - Charles B Timmer, Dutch writer (Russia Black on White), dies at 83

1990 Death - Jean Paige, actress (Captain Blood, Black Beauty), dies

1990 Event - Rosie Jones, (St. Louis), 26, crowned 22nd Miss Black America

1990 Event - 25th Academy of Country Music Awards: Clint Black and Kathy Mattea win

1990 Event - Carole Gist, 20, (Michigan 1st black), crowned 39th Miss USA

1990 Event - Boston Red Sox hires Elaine Weddington as asstistant General Manager (highest-ranking black female in a major-league front office)

1990 Event - 1st elected U.S. black governor inaugurated (Douglas Wilder-Virginia)

1990 Event - David Dinkins sworn in as 1st black mayor of New York City

1989 Event - -18 degrees F in Denver, -23 degrees F in Kansas City, Missouri, -42 degrees F in Scottsbluff Nebraska -47 degrees F in Hardin Mont and -60 degrees F in Black Hills South Dakota

1989 Event - David Dinkins elected 1st black mayor of New York City

1989 Event - Douglas Wilder elected 1st U.S. black governor (Virginia)

1989 Event - Douglas Wilder elected 1st U.S. black governor (D-Va)

1989 Event - New York City elects it's 1st black mayor (Dinkins) and female comp (Holtzman)

1989 Event - 1st black owners (Betram Lee and Peter Bynoe) to own a major sports team, purchasing Denver Nuggets for $65m

1989 Event - 1st NFL game coached by a black man (Art Shell), his Los Angeles Raiders beat New York Jets 14-7 on Monday Night Football

1989 Death - Yusef Hawkins, shot by 30 whites in Bensonhurst because he's black

1989 Event - Paula Gwynn, 22, crowned 21st Miss Black America

1989 Death - Huey Newton, U.S., Black Panther leader, shot dead at 47

1989 Event - Ron Brown chosen 1st black chairman of a major U.S. party (Democrats)

1989 Event - Tony Robinson of Jamaica becomes Nottingham's 1st black sheriff

1989 Event - Bill White named NL president; 1st black major-league sports head

1989 Event - NL announces Yankees' broadcaster Bill White will be 1st black president

1989 Event - "Black and Blue" opens at Minskoff Theater New York City for 829 performances

1988 Death - Max Robinson, 1st black network (ABC) TV anchor, dies of AIDS at 49

1988 Event - Jailed black nationalist Nelson Mandela struck with tuberculosis

1988 Event - Indians' Bud Black sets club record for most batters hit in inning (3)

1988 Event - Eugene Marino installed as 1st black U.S. archbishop

1988 Event - Black pole explorer M Henson buried next to R Peary in Arlington

1988 Event - Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder makes racist remarks about black athletes

1987 Event - 3 white New York teens convicted of manslaughter in death of a black man

1987 Death - Harold Washington, 1st black mayor of Chicago (D, 1983-87), dies at 65

1987 Event - Leile McBridge (Denver), crowned Miss Black America

1987 Event - "Black Monday"-Dow Jones down 508.32, 4 times previous record

1987 Death - Esmond Knight, actor (Black Narcissus, Henry V), dies at 80

1986 Event - Rachel Oliver (Mass), 20, crowned 19th Miss Black America

1986 Death - Lorenzo Tucker, actor (Black King), dies

1986 Death - John Bubbles Sublett, tap dancer (Black and Bubbles), dies at 84

1986 Event - 1st black lt Governor since reconstruction sworn in (Douglas Wilder of Va)

1986 Event - Impala Platinum fires 20,000 black mine workers in Johannesburg

1985 Event - Noraly Beyer becomes Netherlands 1st black TV newscaster

1985 Death - Stepin Fetchit, Lincoln Penny, 1st black star, dies of pneumonia 83

1985 Death - Mary MacLaren, actress (Black Swan), dies at 85 of respiratory probs

1985 Death - Evelyn Ankers, actress (Black Beauty, Jungle Woman), dies at 67

1985 Death - Patrick Barr, actor (Black Orchid, On the Run), dies at 77

1985 Event - Amina Fakir (Detroit), 23, crowned 18th Miss Black America

1985 Death - Roger Huntington Sessions, U.S. composer (Black Masks), dies at 88

1985 Event - "Black and Blue," premieres in Paris

1984 Event - Bernhard Goetz shoots 4 black muggers on New York City subway train

1984 Event - Desmond Tutu, black Anglican Bishop, wins Nobel Peace Prize

1984 Event - August Wilson's "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," premieres in New York City

1984 Event - Vanessa Williams, 1st black Miss America, resigns due to posing nude

1984 Death - Lloyd Gough, actor (Black Bart, Tolsa), dies of aortic aneurism at 77

1984 Event - Lydia Garrett, 24, crowned 17th Miss Black America

1984 Event - Wilson Goode, sworn-in as Philadelphia's 1st black mayor

1983 Death - George Headley, cricket (10 tons in 22 Tests, 1st black WI captain), dies

1983 Event - W Wilson Goode (D) elected 1st black mayor of Philadelphia

1983 Event - Black Hawks and Maple Leafs combine for fastest 5 goals (84 seconds)

1983 Event - Vanessa Williams (NY), 20, crowned 56th Miss America 1984, 1st black

1983 Death - Simon Oakland, actor (Toma, Kolchak, Baa Baa Black Sheep), dies at 61

1983 Event - Sonya Robinson, (Milwaukee), 23, crowned 16th Miss Black America

1983 Event - Harold Washington sworn in as Chicago's 1st black mayor

1983 Event - Harold Washington elected 1st black mayor of Chicago

1983 Event - Harold Washington becomes Chicago's 1st black mayor

1982 Birthday - Lucas Black, born in Decatur, Alabama, actor, appeared in film, 'Sling Blade', 'Jarhead', 'Friday Night Lights' and television series, 'American Gothic'

1982 Event - "Do Black Patent Leather Shoes..." closes at Alvin New York City after 5 perf

1982 Event - "Do Black Patent Leather Shoes..." opens at Alvin New York City for 5 performances

1982 Event - Guinon Bluford announced as 1st black astronaut

1981 Event - Edward M McIntrye elected 1st black mayor of Augusta Georgia

1981 Event - Joseph Paul Franklin, avowed racist, sentenced to life imprisonment for killing 2 black joggers in Salt Lake City

1981 Event - American Charles Chapman is 1st black to swim English Channel

1981 Event - Coca-Cola Bottling Co agrees to pump $34 million into black business

1981 Event - Pamela Jenks, 21, crowned 14th Miss Black America

1981 Death - Mary Lou Williams, black musician, dies at 71 in Durham NC

1981 Event - "Inacent Black" closes at Biltmore Theater New York City after 14 performances

1981 Event - "Inacent Black" opens at Biltmore Theater New York City for 14 performances

1981 Event - U.S. government grants Atlanta $1 million to search for black boy murderer

1980 Event - New York Islanders greatest shutout margin (9-0) vs Chicago Black Hawks

1980 Event - National Black Independent Party forms

1980 Event - Bill Ward quits Black Sabbath

1980 Event - BCMA, Black Consciousness Movement of Azania, forms

1979 Event - New York Islanders greatest shutout lose (8-0) vs Chicago Black Hawks

1979 Event - Khomeini frees most black and female U.S. hostages

1979 Event - Sheridan Broadcasting Corp purchases Mutual Black Network

1979 Event - 200 black leaders, meet in New York, to support Andrew Young

1979 Event - Varetta Shankle (Miss), crowned 12th Miss Black America

1979 Event - Sioux nation receives $100 million in compensation for Black Hills, South Dakota

1979 Event - Bishop Abel Muzorewa is sworn in as Zimbabwe's 1st black PM

1979 Event - Frank Peterson, Jr. named 1st black general in Marine Corps

1978 Birthday - Josh Hartnett, born in St. Paul, Minnesota, film producer, actor, movies include 'Black Hawk Down', 'Pearl Harbor', People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People 2002

1978 Event - Joseph Freeman, Jr. is 1st black priest in Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

1978 Event - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) strikes down 148 year policy of excluding black men from priesthood

1978 Event - 1st black mayor of New Orleans (Ernest Morial) inaugurated

1978 Event - Harriet Tubman is 1st black woman honored on a U.S. postage stamp

1977 Event - New Orleans elects 1st black mayor, Ernest "Dutch" Morial

1977 Death - Steven Biko, South African black student leader, dies in police custody

1976 Death - Mordecai Johnson, 1st black president of Howard U, dies at 86

1976 Birthday - Henry Olonga, cricketer, 1st black Zimbabwe Test cricketer vs. Pak 1995

1976 Event - Kenneth Gibson, is 1st black president of U.S. Conference of Mayors

1976 Death - Johnny Mercer, U.S. songwriter (That old Black Magic), dies at 66

1976 Event - Clifford Alexander, Jr. confirmed as 1st black secretary of Army

1975 Death - Frank Puglia actor (Black Orchid, Jungle Book), dies at 83

1975 Death - Howard Wendell, actor 'Black Dakotas', dies at 81

1975 Death - Julian E "Cannonball" Adderley, U.S., jazz musician, Black Messiah, dies at 46 from a stroke

1975 Event - James A. Healy, 1st black Roman Catholic bishop, consecrated (Maine)

1975 Event - Frank Robinson debuts as 1st black baseball manager (Cleveland, beats New York 5-3)

1975 Death - Noel Madison, actor (Jitterbugs, Black Raven), dies at 77

1974 Death - James Morrison, actor (Don't, Black Beauty), dies on his 86th birthday

1974 Birthday - Joanne Black, Miss Universe-Ireland 1996

1974 Event - Frank Robinson becomes baseball's 1st black manager with the Cleveland Indians

1974 Event - Brooklyn pitcher Dan Bankhead is 1st black to homer in his 1st at bat

1974 Death - Andrea Checci, actress (2 Women, Assassin, Black Sunday), dies at 57

1974 Death - [Lavinia] Marian Fleming Poe, Black U.S. advocate in Virg, dies at 83

1973 Event - Maynard Jackson elected 1st black mayor of Atlanta

1973 Event - Black September kills 3 wounds 55 Athens

1973 Event - Nation Black Network begins operation on radio

1973 Event - Black Sports Hall of Fame forms: Paul Robeson, Elgin Baylor, Jesse Owens, Jim Brown, Wilma Rudolph, Joe Louis and Althea Gibson elected

1973 Event - Thomas Bradley elected 1st black mayor of Los Angeles, California

1973 Event - Ernie Banks fills in for Cubs manager Whitey Lockman who is ejected during the game, thus technically becoming baseball's 1st black manager

1973 Event - "Black September" terrorists occupy Saudi Embassy in Khartoum

1973 Event - Chicago Black Hawks, record 262nd NHL game without being shut-out

1972 Death - Jackie Robinson, 1st black baseball player, Brooklyn Dodgers, dies at 53

1972 Birthday - Claudia Black, Australian Actress

1972 Event - Aeroflot Il-18 crashes near Black Sea resort of Sochi, kills 105

1972 Event - 1st black NL umpire (Art Williams-Los Angeles vs San Diego)

1972 Birthday - Tatsuhito Takaiwa, born in Kyoto, professional wrestler, ring name, Black Tiger V

1972 Birthday - Claire Forlani, born in Twickenham, London, actress, appeared in 'Meet Joe Black', 'Boys and Girls', 'The Pentagon Papers'

1972 Event - Yvonne Braitwaite Burke becomes 1st black chair in Dem convention

1972 Event - Angela Davis, black activist, acquitted of killing a white guard

1972 Event - Radio's Mutual Black Network premieres

1972 Event - 1st black U.S. political convention opens in Gary, Indiana

1972 Event - Bob Douglas is 1st black elected to Basketball Hall of Fame

1971 Death - Wasfi Tal, Jordan's PM, assassinated by Black Sept in Cairo

1971 Event - William H Rehnquist and Lewis F Powell nominated to U.S. Supreme Court by Nixon, following resignations of Justices Hugo Black and John Harlan

1971 Death - Ralph J Bunche, 1st black U.S. diplomat (Nobel 1950), dies at 67

1971 Event - New York Times reports growing interest of white youth in black gospel music

1971 Death - Hugo Black, American Judge

1971 Death - Jo Etha Collier, young black woman killed by 3 whites in Drew Miss

1971 Event - President Nixon rejects 60 demands of Congressional Black Caucus

1971 Event - Samuel Lee Gravely, Jr. becomes 1st black Admiral in U.S. Navy

1971 Birthday - John Buchanan, actor, Sidekicks, Black Stallion, Family Man

1971 Event - Bill White becomes 1st black baseball announcer (New York Yankees)

1971 Event - Congressional Black Caucus organizes

1971 Event - Congressional Black Caucus organizes

1970 Death - B O Davis Sr, 1st black general, dies at 93 in Chicago

1970 Event - Lonnie McLucas, a Black Panther activist, convicted

1970 Event - Black Panthers confront cops in Philadelphia (1 cop killed)

1970 Death - James McClain, U.S. black activist, shot dead

1970 Death - Jonathan P Jackson, U.S. black activist, shot dead

1970 Death - William Christmas, U.S. black activist, shot dead

1970 Event - U.S. Black Panther leader Huey Newton let out of jail

1970 Death - Eunice Hunton Carter, 1st black female DA in NY, dies at 70

1969 Birthday - Chris Robinson, Atlanta, rocker, Black Crowes-Shake Your Money Maker

1969 Birthday - Todd Black, Kenton Ohio, 800m runner

1969 Birthday - Byron Black, born in Salisbury, Zimbabwe, professional tennis player, double-handed forehand player, played for Zimbabwe, singles ranking 22nd in the World, June, 1996

1969 Death - Katharine Susannah Prichard, novelist (Black Opal), dies at 85

1969 Birthday - Cece Peniston, born in Phoenix, Arizona, Miss Black AZ/singer, Finally

1969 Event - Gloria O Smith, (NY), crowned 2nd Miss Black America

1969 Birthday - James Black, Regina, NHL center, Chicago Blackhawks

1969 Birthday - Rich Robinson, rocker, Black Crowes-Shake Your Money Maker

1969 Birthday - Jack Black, American Actor

1969 Event - Black Academy of Arts and Letters forms in Boston

1969 Birthday - Patton Oswalt, born in Portsmouth, Virginia, comedian, employs observational comedy, black comedy, surreal humor in his acts, wrote for MADtv, played Spence Olchin on 'The King of Queens' television show, voice of Remy in 'Ratatouille'

1969 Event - Lorraine Hansberry's "To be Young, Gifted and Black," premieres in New York City

1968 Event - Arthur Ashe becomes 1st black to be ranked #1 in tennis

1968 Event - U.S. Olympic Committee suspends Tommie Smith and John Carlos for giving "black power" salute as a protest during victory ceremony

1968 Event - During Olympics Tommie Smith and John Carlos give black power salute

1968 Birthday - Will Smith, actor/rapper, Men In Black, Indepedence Day, Fresh Prince

1968 Event - Saundra Williams wins 1st Miss Black America pageant

1968 Death - William E B Dubois, U.S. founder NAACP (Souls of black people), dies

1968 Event - Arthur Ashe becomes 1st black to win U.S. singles championship

1968 Event - Marine James Anderson, Jr. is 1st black Medal of Honor winner

1968 Death - Bobby Hutton, U.S. Black Panther leader, shot to death

1967 Death - Florence Reed, actress (Black Panther Club), dies after illness at 84

1967 Event - Carl B. Stokes elected 1st black mayor of a major city-Cleveland, Ohio

1967 Event - Thurgood Marshall sworn in as 1st black Supreme Court Justice

1967 Event - U.S. Senate confirm Thurgood Marshall as 1st black justice

1967 Event - Naomi Sims is 1st black model on U.S. cover (Fashion of the Times)

1967 Birthday - Vin Diesel, born in New York City, New York, actor, director, producer, appeared in 'The Fast and the Furious', 'Pitch Black', founder of One Race Films production company

1967 Event - Major Robert H Lawrence, Jr. named 1st black astronaut

1967 Birthday - Jeff Cease, born in Nashville, guitarist, Black Crowes-Shake Your Money Maker

1967 Event - Thurgood Marshall nominated as 1st black Supreme Court justice

1967 Event - Black students seize finance building at Northwestern University

1967 Event - 1st black government installed in Bahamas

1967 Event - Lucius Amerson, becomes 1st southern (Ala) black sheriff in 20th cent

1966 Birthday - Chris Robinson, singer, Black Crowes

1966 Death - Felix A Vening Meinesz, geophysicist (black force), dies at 79

1966 Event - "Paint It, Black" by The Rolling Stones peaks at #1

1966 Event - Stokely Carmichael launches "Black Power" movement

1966 Event - Rolling Stones release "Paint it Black"

1966 Event - 1st black member of Federal Reserve Board (A F Brimmer)

1966 Birthday - Johnny Colt, Cherry Point, North Carolina, rock bassist, Black Crowes

1966 Event - Bill Russell became 1st black coach in NBA history (Boston Celtics)

1966 Event - Emmett Ashford becomes 1st black major league umpire

1966 Death - Evelyn Waugh, British writer (Black Mischief), dies at 62

1966 Event - 1st world festival of black art (Dakar Senegal)

1966 Event - Andrew Brimmer becomes 1st black governor of Federal Reserve Board

1966 Event - Robert C Weaver, confirmed as 1st black cabinet member (HUD)

1966 Event - Harold R Perry becomes 2nd black Roman Catholic bishop in US

1966 Event - 1st black selected for President cabinet (Lyndon Baines Johnson selects Robert C Weaver-HUD)

1965 Death - Bill Black, musician, rocker, bassist for Elvis Pressley, dies at 39

1965 Death - George Black, Canadian Public Servant

1965 Birthday - Steve Gorman, Hopkinsville, Kentucky, rock drummer, Black Crowes

1965 Event - Federal Voting Rights Act guarantees black voting rights

1965 Event - Vivian Malone, is 1st black to graduate from University of Alabama

1965 Event - Patricia R. Harris named 1st U.S. black female ambassador (Luxembourg)

1965 Event - 1st U.S. Senate black page, Lawrence W. Bradford, Jr., 16, appointed by New York Senator Jacob Javits

1965 Birthday - Frank Black, born in Boston, Massachusetts, guitarist, singer, songwriter, albums include, 'Bossanova', 'Trompe le Monde', released two albums with band, Pixies

1965 Birthday - Black Francis, Charles Thompson, U.S. singer and songwriter, Pixies

1965 Birthday - Rodney King, born in Sacramento, California, black motorist beaten by LA cops

1965 Event - Alabama state troopers and 600 black protestors clash in Selma

1965 Death - Malcolm X, Little, black Moslem leader, assassinated in New York City at 39

1965 Event - Martin Luther King, Jr. begins a drive to register black voters

1964 Birthday - David Spade, comedian, SNL, Tommy Boy, Black Sheep

1964 Event - Cilla Black records Beatle's "Its For You," McCartney plays piano

1964 Event - Prince A. Taylor becomes 1st black methodist bishop, New Jersey

1964 Birthday - Nancy Sorel, actress, Generations, Black Foix

1964 Event - 86% of black students boycott Cleveland schools

1964 Death - Paul Cavanagh, actor (Black Arrow, Woman in Green), dies at 75

1964 Event - Malcolm X leaves Black Muslim Movement

1964 Event - Black and Puerto Rican students boycott New York City public schools

1963 Event - New York Yankee Elston Howard is 1st black ever voted AL MVP

1963 Event - 4 children killed in bombing of a black Baptist church in Birmingham

1963 Event - 20 black students entered public schools in Alabama

1963 Event - Alabama Governor George Wallace served a federal injunction to stop orders of state police to bar black students from enrolling in white schools

1963 Event - James Meredith becomes 1st black graduate from University of Mississippi

1963 Birthday - Vanessa L. Williams, born in Millwood, New York, 1st black Miss America 1983 and singer

1963 Event - G Woods succeeds Eugene Black as president of the World Bank

1962 Event - Edith Spurlock Sampson sworn-in as 1st U.S. black female judge

1962 Event - Black Saturday - Russian nuclear missile crisis in Cuba

1962 Event - James Meredith became 1st black at University of Mississippi

1962 Event - Black church is destroyed by fire in Macon Georgia

1962 Event - Governor R. Barnett refuses to admit a black to Miss Universe (James Meredith)

1962 Event - Due to it's no black policy, Phillies leave Jack Tar Harrison Hotel and move to Rocky Point Motel, 20 miles outside Clearwater, Florida

1962 Birthday - Clint Black, born in Long Branch, New Jersey, country vocalist, A Better Man

1962 Event - Jackie Robinson is 1st Black elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

1962 Birthday - Patrica Morrison, rocker, Sisters of Mercy-Walk Away, Black Planet

1961 Event - Ernest Davis is 1st black to win Heisman Trophy

1961 Event - Martin L. King protests for black voting right in Miami

1961 Event - James B Parsons is 1st black appointed to Federal District Court

1961 Event - 1st black light is sold

1961 Birthday - Jeb Adams, born in Hollywood, California, actor, Lt Jeb Pruitt-Baa Baa Black Sheep

1961 Event - Old type, black and white notes cease to be legal tender

1961 Event - Then NHL record 40 penalties, Black Hawks and Maple Leafs (20 each)

1961 Event - Robert Weaver sworn in with then highest federal post by a black

1960 Event - Black Sunday - Riot in Algiers, 114 die

1960 Birthday - Morty Black, heavy metal rocker, TNT-7 Seas

1960 Birthday - Chuck D, born in Roosevelt, New York, rapper, author, leader, Public Enemy, created politically, socially conscious rap music, focused on hip hop genre, albums include, 'Yo! Bum Rush the Show', 'Fear of a Black Planet'

1960 Event - Elijah Muhammad, leader of Nation of Islam, calls for a black state

1960 Death - George Zucco, actor (Fog Island, Black Raven, Desire Me), dies at 74

1959 Event - Red Sox are last team to use a black player (Pumpsie Green)

1959 Event - 1st black to win a major golf tournament, William Wright

1959 Birthday - Cathryn Harrison, born in London, England, actress, Old Woman in Black Moon

1959 Event - Benjamin O Davis, Jr. becomes 1st black General-major in USAF

1959 Birthday - Andrew Eldritch, rocker, Sisters of Mercy-Walk Away, Black Planet

1959 Event - "Raisin in the Sun," 1st Broadway play by a black woman, opens

1958 Event - Ozzie Virgil is 1st black to play as a Tiger

1958 Event - 1st flight with black stewardess, Ruth Carol Taylor, Ithaca New York

1958 Event - Clifton R. Wharton confirmed as 1st U.S. black foreign minister (Romania)

1958 Birthday - Werner Schwab, born in Austria, writer, playwright, visual artist, studied sculpture at Vienna's Akademie der bildenden Kunste in 1990, wrote sixteen plays, produced eight, controversial works in the Austrian Black comedy tradition

1958 Event - 1st black in NHL (William O'Ree, Boston Bruins)

1957 Birthday - Frank Boeoen, Dutch singer, Frank Boeoen Group, Black and White

1957 Event - 300 U.S. Army troops guard 9 black kids return to Central HS in Ark

1957 Event - White mob forces 9 black students who had entered a Little Rock high school in Arkansas to withdraw

1957 Event - Governor of Arkansas, Orval Faubus, calls out National Guard to stop 9 black students from entering a Little Rock high school

1957 Death - Helen Haye, actress (Girl in the Taxi, Spy in Black), dies at 83

1957 Death - "Black Jack" Bouvier, father of Jacqueline Kennedy, dies of cancer

1957 Birthday - Dirk Blocker, born in Los Angeles, California, actor, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Ryan's Four

1957 Event - 1st black to win a major U.S. tennis tournament, Althea Gibson

1957 Birthday - Michael Rose, born in Kingston, Jamaica, rocker, Black Uhuru-Brutal, Positive

1957 Death - Toivo R Pekkanen, Finnish writer (Black Ecstacy), dies

1957 Event - All NL teams intergates, John Irwin Kennedy is 1st black on Phillies

1957 Birthday - Theresa Russell, Paup, San Diego, California, actress, Black Widow, Razor's Edge

1957 Event - 1st black pilot (PH Young) on a U.S. scheduled passenger airline

1956 Death - Art Tatum, black pianist, dies at 46 in Los Angeles

1956 Birthday - Peter Frechette, Warwick, Rhode Island, actor, Paint it Black, George-Profiler

1956 Event - 1st International conference of black writers and artists meets (Sorbonne)

1956 Event - Black students enter Clay Kentucky elementary school

1956 Event - Black students enter and are barred from Clay Kentucky elementary school

1956 Birthday - Lisa Hartman Black, Houston, singer and actress, Tabitha, Knots Landing

1956 Event - Pirates and Kansas City A's cancel an exhibition game in Birmingham Alabama, because of local ordinance barring black from playing against white

1956 Event - Autherine Lucy, 1st black admitted to University of Alabama, is expelled

1956 Event - University of Alabama refuses admission to Autherine Lucy (because he's black)

1956 Event - Buddy Holly records "Blue Days Black Night" in Nashville

1955 Event - Rosa Parks (black) arrested for refusing to move to the back of bus

1955 Event - 1st black executive on White House staff, E. Frederic Morrow

1955 Event - Chicago Cub Sam Jones is 1st black to pitch no-hitter (Pirates, 4-0)

1955 Event - Elston Howard becomes the 1st black to wear the Yankee uniform

1955 Event - Marian Anderson becomes 1st black singer to perform at Met (New York City)

1954 Event - Charles C. Diggs, Jr. elected Michigan's 1st black congressman

1954 Event - B. O. Davis, Jr. becomes 1st black general in USAF

1954 Birthday - Victor Manuel Mar, wrestler, AAA/NJPW, Black Cat

1954 Event - James E. Wilkins is 1st black to attend a U.S. cabinet meeting

1954 Event - Charles Mahoney becomes 1st U.S. black to serve as a full United Nations delegate

1954 Event - 1st major league game where majority of team is black (Dodgers)

1954 Birthday - Greg Ginn, born in America, guitarist, singer, songwriter, leader, Black Flag, hardcore punk, Rolling Stone's, 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time

1954 Event - Dr. Peter Murray Marshall becomes 1st black to head an AMA unit

1954 Birthday - James Henderson, country singer, Black Oak Arkansas

1954 Birthday - Chris Difford, born in Greenwich, London, primary member of band Squeeze, lyricist, singer, record producer, known for songs 'Tempted', 'Black Coffee in Bed'

1954 Event - J. E. Wilkins, appointed 1st Black U.S. sub-cabinet member

1953 Event - FCC approves RCA's black and white - compatible color TV specifications

1953 Event - U.S. district Judge Grim, rules NFL can black out TV home games

1953 Event - Willie Thrower becomes 1st black NFL quarterback in modern times

1953 Birthday - Roland Butcher, cricketer, 1st black to play for England 1981

1953 Birthday - Sandra "Puma" Jones, Kingston Jamaica, rocker, Black Uhuru

1953 Event - Ernie Banks becomes Chicago Cubs 1st black player

1953 Event - Pitcher Bob Trice is 1st black to play on Philadelphia A's

1953 Event - Black families move into Trumbull Park housing project in Chicago

1952 Event - Dodgers pitcher Joe Black wins NL Rookie of Year

1952 Birthday - Gloria Jean Watkins, born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, born Gloria Jean Watkins, author, feminist, focus on race, class, gender, wrote, 'Ain't I a Woman? : Black Women and Feminism'

1952 Birthday - Glenn Hughes, born in Cannock, England, bassist, vocalist, member of Black Sabbath, also played with Trapeze, Deep Purple

1952 Event - King Farouk I of Egypt abdicates [Black Saturday]

1952 Death - Canada Lee, black actor (Lost Boundaries), dies in New York City at 45

1952 Event - St. Louis Browns lend 2 black minor leaguers to Hankyu Braves of Japan

1952 Event - Rangers with less than 14 minutes to go blow a 6-2 lead, losing 7-6 to Chicago Black Hawks. Mosienko scores 3 times in 21 seconds

1952 Event - 1st black umpire in organized baseball certified (Emmett Ashford)

1952 Event - 1st black executive of a major TV station (Jackie Robinson-WNBC New York)

1952 Event - PGA approves allowing black participants

1952 Event - University of Tennessee admits it's 1st black student

1951 Death - "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, of baseball's black sox scandal, dies

1951 Birthday - Janet Collins, ballerina, 1st Black dancer with Opera Co, Aida

1951 Birthday - Larry Black, born in Miami, Florida, 4x100 runner, Gold Medal 1972 Olympics

1951 Event - Minnie Minoso becomes the 1st black to play for the White Sox

1950 Event - Ralph J Bunche (1st black American) presented Nobel Peace Prize

1950 Event - Arthur Dorrington is 1st black man in organized hockey, Atlantic City Seagulls of Eastern Amateur Hockey League

1950 Birthday - Alexa Canady, 1st black woman neuro-surgeon/educator

1950 Event - 1st black lead (Ethel Waters) on TV (Beulah)

1950 Event - Nobel peace prize awarded to Ralph J Bunche (1st black winner)

1950 Event - Edith Sampson named 1st black U.S. delegate to U.N.

1950 Event - Althea Gibson becomes 1st black competetor in national tennis competition

1950 Birthday - Thomas Aldrich, country drummer, Black Oak Arkansas

1950 Event - New York Yankees obtain their 1st black players, Elston Howard and Frank Barnes

1950 Birthday - Derrick Simpson, born in Kingston Jamaica, rocker, Black Uhuru

1950 Event - Gwendolyn Brooks, is 1st Black awarded a Pulitzer Prize for her poetry

1950 Event - Chuck Cooper becomes 1st black to play in NBA

1950 Event - Sam Jethroe is 1st black to play for Boston Braves

1950 Death - Carter G Woodson, American historian (black studies), dies at 74

1949 Birthday - Geezer Butler, born in Birmingham, rocker, Black Sabbath

1949 Birthday - Terry "Geezer" Butler, born in Birmingham, rock bassist, Black Sabbath

1949 Birthday - Ronnie James Dio, rocker, Dio-Holy Diver, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath

1949 Birthday - Stanley Knight, country artist, Black Oak Arkansas-High on the Hog

1949 Event - New York Giants sign their 1st black players, Monte Irvin and Ford Smith

1949 Event - Black/Indian race rebellion in Durban, South Africa; 142 die

1948 Birthday - Ozzy Osbourne, England, rock vocalist, Black Sabbath-Bark at the Moon

1948 Birthday - Ricki Lee Reynolds, country singer, Black Oak Arkansas

1948 Birthday - Lynn/Marilyn [Lorraine] Abbey, U.S., sci-fi author, Black Flame

1948 Birthday - Tara Oedayraj Singh Varma, 1st black woman in Dutch 2nd Chamber

1948 Birthday - Lewis Black, American Comedian

1948 Birthday - Jet Black, rocker, Stranglers-Dreamtime

1948 Event - 1st black host of a network show-CBS' Bob Howard Show

1948 Death - John J Pershing, Black Jack, U.S. general (Mexico, WW I), dies at 87

1948 Birthday - Bill Ward, born in Birmingham, England, musician, vocalist, drummer for Black Sabbath, a British heavy metal band, sang lead vocals on Technical Ecstacy, Never Say Die!

1948 Birthday - Jim Dandy Mangrum, vocalist, Black Oak Arkansas-Jim Dandy

1948 Event - Reginald Weit became the 1st black to play in the U.S. Tennis Open

1948 Birthday - Tony Iommi, rock guitarist, Black Sabbath-Paranoid, Iron Man

1948 Event - 1st Lt. Nancy Leftenant becomes 1st black in army nursing corps

1947 Birthday - Pat "Dirty" Daugherty, rocker, Black Oak Arkansas

1947 Event - 1st black baseball pitcher Don Bankhead (Hit a home run on 1st at bat)

1947 Birthday - Mosibudi Mangena, South African black leader, On Your Own

1947 Event - Cleveland Indian Don Black no-hits Philadelphia A's, 3-0

1947 Event - Larry Doby signs with Cleveland Indians-1st black player in AL

1947 Event - Cleveland Indians purchase Larry Dolby, the 1st black in AL

1947 Death - Adrienne Ames, actress (Black Sheep, 24 Hours), dies at 39

1947 Event - Jackie Robinson becomes 1st black in modern major-league baseball

1947 Event - Jackie Robinson becomes 1st black in major league baseball (Dodgers)

1947 Event - John Lee appointed 1st black commissioned officer in U.S. Navy

1947 Event - 1st black reporter in Congressional press gallery (Percival Prattis)

1947 Event - William Dawson becomes 1st black to head congressional committee

1946 Event - University of Tennessee refuses to play Duquesne U, because they may use a black player in their basketball game

1946 Event - Charles S. Johnson becomes 1st black president of Fisk University

1946 Event - Black Sabbath-Brits arrest 2700 Jews in Palestine as alleged terrorist

1946 Death - Jack Johnson, 1st black heavyweight champion, dies in car accident

1946 Event - William H. Hastie inaugurated as 1st black governor of Virgin Islands

1946 Event - Kenny Washington signs with Rams, 1st black NFLer since 1933

1946 Event - 1st black pro-baseball player Jackie Robinson marries Rachel Isum

1946 Death - Countee Cullen, U.S. poet (Black Christ, One Way to Heaven), dies at 42

1945 Birthday - Jewell Jackson McCabe, President, national coaltion of 100 black women

1945 Birthday - Alton Maddox, New York black activist/attorney, Tawana Brawley case

1945 Birthday - John Carlos, track star, Olympic bronze 1968, ; gave black power salute

1945 Event - British 7th Black Watch crosses the Rhine

1945 Event - Phyllis M. Daley is 1st black nurse sworn-in as U.S. Navy ensign

1944 Event - Archbishop De Young and bishop Huibers condemn black market

1944 Birthday - Bev Bevan, born in Sparkhill, Birmingham, England, born Beverley Bevan, rocker musician, played drums, percussion, original member of ELO, founded Electric Light Orchestra Part II, toured as a drummer for band Black Sabbath

1944 Event - Navy says black women can join WAVES

1944 Birthday - Conrad Black, British Businessman

1944 Event - Adam Clayton Powell elected 1st black congressman from East

1944 Birthday - Sherry Lansing, born in Chicago, Illinois, actress, China Syndrome, Black Rain

1944 Event - South Carolina rejects black suffrage

1944 Birthday - Colin Nutley, director and writer, Such is Life, Black Jack

1944 Event - 1st black reporter accredited to White House, Harry McAlpin

1943 Event - WEB Du Bois elected 1st black member, National Inst of Arts and Letters

1943 Birthday - Jean-Jacques Annaud, director, Bear, Black and White, Coup de Tete

1943 Event - 1st warship named for a Black person, USS Leonard Roy Harmon, launched

1943 Event - Lt Charles Hall, becomes 1st black pilot to shoot down Nazi plane

1943 Event - WEB DuBois becomes 1st Black member of National Institute of Letters

1943 Birthday - Cilla Black, Liverpool England, rock vocalist, You're My World

1943 Event - 1st president of a black country to visit U.S. (Edwin Barclay, Liberia)

1943 Event - Riot at Mobile Alabama shipyard over upgrading 12 black workers

1943 Birthday - Gordon Black, English industrialist

1943 Birthday - Ral Donner, Ralph Stuart, Black Mountain, North Carolina, singer, Starfires

1943 Death - George Washington Carver, famous black scientist, dies at 81

1942 Birthday - Madeline Bell, U.S. singer, Black Nativity

1942 Birthday - Karen Black, Ziegler, Park Ridge, Illinois, 5 Easy Pieces, Pyx

1942 Event - U.S. Navy 1st permitted black recruits to serve

1942 Event - 2 black players, Jackie Robinson and Nate Moreland, request a tryout with the Chicago White Sox, they are allowed to work out

1942 Birthday - Huey Newton, Black Panther leader

1942 Birthday - Stephen Hawking, English physicist, Black Holes and Baby Universes

1941 Event - 1st U.S. Army flying school for black cadets dedicated

1941 Death - Marcus Garvey, U.S. black leader (Back to Africa Movement), dies at 52

1941 Birthday - John Hancock, born in Hazen, Arkansas, actor, Black Marble, Traxx, Houston Knights

1941 Event - War Department forms 1st Army Air Corps squadron for black cadets

1940 Event - 1st black to sign hockey contract-Arthur Dorrington and AC Seagulls

1940 Event - Benjamin O. Davis became 1st Black general in U.S. Army

1940 Event - U.S. Army General Benjamin Davis becomes 1st black general

1940 Event - Benjamin Oliver Davis Sr named 1st black general in regular army

1940 Event - 1st U.S. merchant ship "Booker T Washington" commanded by a black captain (Hugh Mulzac), launched at Wilmington Delaware

1940 Event - Black leaders protest discrimination in U.S. Armed Forces

1940 Birthday - Bruce Chatwin, England, writer, On the Black Hill

1940 Event - Booker T. Washington, 1st black to appear on U.S. stamp

1940 Event - Hattie McDaniel becomes 1st black woman to win an Oscar

1939 Birthday - Ernest Davis, 1st black to win Heisman Trophy, 1961

1939 Event - Physical Review publishes 1st paper to deal with "black holes"

1939 Event - Premier De Geer recalls Dutch vacationers in Black Forest

1939 Event - 1st black bowling league formed (National Bowling Assoc)

1939 Event - 1st black woman judge, Jane Matilda Bolin, New York City

1939 Birthday - Max Robinson, Richmond, Virginia, black news anchor, ABC Evening News

1939 Birthday - John D Hancock, actor and director, Black Marble, Traxx, Houston Knights

1938 Birthday - Thomas Black, English industrial/auto collector

1938 Event - 1st black woman legislator, Crystal Bird Fauset of Philadelphia

1938 Birthday - Pleuni Touw, Dutch actress, Black Rider

1938 Death - James Weldon Johnson, black leader (NAACP), dies in car crash at 67

1938 Birthday - Hoyt Axton, born in Duncan, Oklahoma, actor, Black Stallion, Junkman, Rousters

1938 Birthday - Lovelace Watkins, born in New Jersey, nicknamed, 'The Black Sinatra', singer, considered the greatest male soul singer of his time

1938 Birthday - Jimmy Carl Black, rocker, Mothers Of Invention

1938 Event - Benny Goodman refuses to play Carnegie Hall when black members of his band were barred from performing

1938 Birthday - Fischer S Black, Jr., financial theorist

1937 Event - Belgian government of Zealand falls due to black money

1937 Birthday - Varbara Ann Teer, U.S. actress/director, National Black Theatre Company

1937 Event - William H. Hastie becomes 1st black federal judge (Virgin Islands)

1936 Event - NAACP files suit to equalize salaries of black and white teachers

1936 Birthday - Bekim Fehmiu, actor, Black Sunday, Permission to Kill, Cagliostro

1935 Event - Maryland Court of Appeals orders University of M to admit (black) Donald Murray

1935 Birthday - Eldridge Cleaver, Black Panther turned Republican

1935 Birthday - Diana Van Der Vlis, actress, Lovespell, Girl in Black Stockings

1935 Birthday - Richard Brautigan, born in Tacoma, Washington, writer, novelist, wrote Trout Fishing in America, known for black comedy, parody, satire, and Zen Buddhism

1934 Death - Maggis Lena Walker, 1st U.S. (black) woman to head a bank, dies at 69

1934 Event - Arthur L Mitchell, becomes 1st black Democratic congressman (Ill)

1934 Birthday - Norman Beaton, actor, Eureka, Black Joy, Mighty Quinn

1934 Birthday - [Everett] LeRoi Jones, Amiri Baraka, U.S. writer, Black Music

1934 Birthday - Sophia Loren, born in Rome, actress, Desire Under the Elms, Black Orchid

1933 Event - Joe Lilliard quarterbacks Chicago Cardinals; last NFL black until 1946

1933 Event - "Great Black Blizzard" 1st great dust storm in Great Plains

1933 Event - Black Blizzard snowstorm-duststorm rages from SD to Atlantic

1933 Death - Sissieretta Joyner Jones, "Black Patti", U.S. singer, dies at about 64

1933 Birthday - Louis Farrakhan, minister, black islam nation, million man march

1933 Birthday - Unita Blackwell, 1st black mayor in Mississippi

1932 Birthday - Louis Malle, France, director, Atlantic City, Black Moon, Viva Maria

1932 Birthday - Gibson Kente, born in South Africa, wrote about life in South African black townships, known as Father of Black Theater in South Africa

1932 Birthday - Richard Thomas, born in Britain, admiral, served as Black Rod, House of Lords 1992 - 1995, UK Military Representative to NATO 1989 - 1992

1932 Birthday - Mara Corday, born in Santa Monica, California, actress, Foxfire, Black Scorpion

1931 Birthday - Carrie Saxon Perry, 1st black mayor of a major U.S. city, Hartford CT

1931 Death - Ida B Wells-Barnett, famous black, dies in Chicago at 78

1930 Birthday - Jef Geeraerts, Flemish writer, Black Venus

1930 Birthday - Ernest Just, Black biologist, served as Vice President of American Zoologists

1930 Birthday - Sorrell Booke, Buffalo, New York, actor, Bye Bye Braverman, Black Like Me

1929 Event - Black Tuesday, Stock Market crashes triggers Great Depression

1929 Event - "Black Thursday," start of stock market crash, Dow Jones down 12.8%

1929 Birthday - Autherine Lucy, 1st black to enroll in University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa

1929 Birthday - Peter Breck, born in Rochester, New York, actor, Black Saddle, Big Valley, Benji

1929 Event - Chicago Black Hawks shut-out for NHL record 8th straight game

1929 Birthday - Elston Howard, Yankee catcher, 1st black New York Yankee/1963 AL MVP

1928 Birthday - Julian E "Cannonball" Adderley, born in Tampa, Florida, jazz musician, Black Messiah

1928 Event - Rotterdam soccer team Black White '28 forms

1928 Birthday - Shirley Temple Black, California, actress, Heidi, ambassador, UN

1928 Birthday - Norma Merrick Sklarek, 1st black woman architect in New York and California

1927 Birthday - Mose Allison, Tippo Mississippi, jazz artist, Black Country Suite

1927 Birthday - Althea Gibson, born in Silver, South Carolina, 1st black tennis champion in a major event

1927 Birthday - Robert Shaw, born in England, actor, Deep, Jaws, Sting, Black Sunday

1927 Birthday - David Norman Dinkins, 1st black Mayor-D-NYC, 1990-93

1927 Event - "Black Friday" on Berlin Stock Exchange

1926 Event - NHL's Chicago Black Hawks play their 1st game, beat Tor St. Pats 4-1

1926 Event - NHL grants franchises to Chicago Black Hawks and Detroit Red Wings

1926 Birthday - Bill Black, born in Memphis, Tennessee, musician, rocker, bassist for Elvis Pressley, played for "Heartbreak Hotel", "Mystery Train", "Hound Dog", "Jailhouse Rock"

1926 Event - Carter Woodson wins Springarn Medal for research of Black history

1926 Event - DeFord Bailey is 1st black to perform on Nashville's Grand Ole Opry

1926 Birthday - Mona Freeman, born in Baltimore, actress, Black Beauty, Dear Wife, Heiress

1926 Event - Belgium's "black monday," franc falls

1926 Birthday - Michael Higgins, born in Brooklyn, New York, actor, 1918, Wanda, Black Stallion

1925 Birthday - Rijk de Gooyer, Dutch actor, Black Rider, Rififi in Amsterdam

1925 Birthday - Malcolm X, Little, Detroit Red, Omaha NB, founder, Black Muslims

1924 Birthday - Larry Doby, 1st black in baseball's AL, Cleveland Indians

1924 Birthday - Shirley Chisholm, D-Rep-NY, 1st black congresswoman/president candidate

1924 Birthday - James W. Black, Scottish Scientist

1924 Event - 50th Kentucky Derby: John Mooney aboard Black Gold wins in 2:05.2

1924 Birthday - Patricia Roberts Harris, 1st U.S. black woman cabinet member

1924 Birthday - Joe Black, baseball player

1923 Event - 2 "Black Sox" sue White Sox (unsuccessfully) for back salary

1923 Death - Josephine B Willson Bruce, U.S. black theorist, dies at 69

1923 Event - 1st Black pro Basketball team, "Renaissance," organizes

1922 Event - Black Renaissance begins Harlem NY

1922 Birthday - Sheila Burrell, actress, Black Orchid, Paranoiac, Laughter in Dark

1922 Birthday - Harold Washington, 1st black mayor of Chicago, D, 1983-87

1922 Death - Bert Williams, famous black, dies at 46, in New York City

1922 Event - Buck Weaver, a Black Sox, applies unsuccessfully for reinstatement

1921 Event - Due to a technicality, 8 Chicago White Sox accused in Black Sox scandal are acquited, however Landis throws them out of baseball

1921 Event - Chicago jury brings in not guilty verdict against the Black Sox

1921 Event - Black Sox trial begins in Chicago

1921 Event - Bessie Coleman reaches France as U.S. 1st black pilot

1921 Event - "Shuffle Along" 1st black musical comedy, opens in New York City

1921 Event - Black Friday- Labour Party strike of mine workers fails

1920 Event - Chicago grand jury indicts Abe Attell, Hal Chase, and Bill Burns as go-betweens in Black Sox World Series scandal

1920 Event - 8 White Sox indicted, threw 1919 World Series (Black Sox scandal)

1920 Birthday - John Howard Griffin, U.S., photographer/author, Black Like Me

1920 Birthday - Leontine Tg Kelly, 1st black female bishop, Methodist

1919 Event - Reds beat White Sox, 5 games to 3 in 16th World Series. This series is known as black sox scandal as 8 White Sox throw series

1919 Event - World Series begins as a best of 9 affair, White Sox intentionally throw this series to satisfy gamblers (Black Sox Scandal)

1919 Birthday - Jackie Robinson, born in Georgia, 1st black major league baseball player, Dodgers

1918 Event - Race riot in Philadelphia (3 whites and 1 black killed)

1917 Birthday - Elyse Knox, Hartford, Connecticut, actress, Hit the Ice, Black Gold

1917 Event - 13 black soldiers hanged for alleged participation in Houston riot

1917 Birthday - Margaret Taylor Burroughs, U.S. author/house painter, Black Queen

1917 Event - Russian Black Sea fleet mutiny at Sebastopol

1917 Birthday - Al "Lash" La Rue, cowboy actor, Black Lash, Lash of the West

1917 Event - Race riot in East St. Louis Illinois, 1 black killed

1916 Event - German saboteurs blow up a munitions plant on Black Tom Island, New Jersey

1915 Event - Jack Johnson is 1st black world heavyweight boxing champion

1915 Event - Xavier University, 1st Black Catholic College in U.S., opens in NO LA

1915 Death - Henry McNeal Turner, 1 U.S. black army chaplain, dies at 82

1914 Birthday - Guus Verstraete Sr, August de Graef, Dutch actor/dir, Black Magic

1914 Birthday - Florentine Rost van Tonningen-Heubel, Dutch black widow/Nazi

1914 Event - Turkish warships storm Black Sea

1914 Event - German battle cruiser Goeben enters Black Sea

1913 Birthday - Peter Black, TV critic

1913 Event - Train crash in Liverpool during "Black Week"

1913 Birthday - Douglas Black, physician

1912 Birthday - Louis Prima, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, singer, That Old Black Magic

1912 Birthday - Preston Lockwood, actor, House of Windsor, Black Candle

1911 Birthday - Ethel Lois Payne, journalist, Chicago Defender, 1st Lady of Black Press

1911 Birthday - John Archibald Wheeler, born in Florida, American theoretical physicist, coined terms black hole, wormhole

1910 Event - 1st city ordinace requiring white and black residential areas (Balt)

1910 Birthday - Eric Tindall, cricketer, All Black rep who kept wicket in 5 Tests

1910 Birthday - Signe Hasso, actress, QB VII, Taxi 13, Black Bird, Crisis

1909 Birthday - Johnny Mercer, Savannah, Georgia, lyricist, Moon River, Old Black Magic

1909 Birthday - Max Black, Dutch/British/U.S. philosopher, analytical philosophy

1908 Birthday - Louis JHCA de Bourbon, Dutch writer/poet, Black Banners

1908 Event - Jack Johnson KO Tommy Burns and becomes 1st black heavyweight champ

1908 Birthday - Anthony Warde, Pennsylvania, actor, Black Widow

1908 Birthday - Thurgood Marshall, born in Maryland, 1st black Supreme Court justice, 1967-91

1907 Birthday - Joy Finzi, Joyce A. Black, British painter

1907 Birthday - Charles B Timmer, Dutch translator/writer, Russia Black on White

1907 Birthday - Grace Hamilton, 1st black member of Georgia state legislature

1906 Event - Alpha Phi Alpha, 1st Black Greek Letter Fraternity, forms

1906 Event - Black soldiers raid Brownsville Texas

1906 Birthday - Harry Elstrom, Danish/Belgian sculptor, Great Passion, Black Christ

1906 Event - John Hope becomes 1st black president of Morehouse College

1906 Birthday - Robert Brown Black, British diplomat/gov, Hong Kong

1906 Event - Black evangelist William J. Seymour arrives in Los Angeles California

1906 Death - Paul Laurence Dunbar, black dialect poet, dies at 33 in Dayton, Ohio

1906 Birthday - Willa B Brown, Coffey, U.S. black air pioneer, NAAA

1905 Event - Black intellectuals and activists organize Niagara movement

1905 Birthday - Arnold Meijer, Dutch leader of fascist Dutch National/Black Front

1904 Event - Charles Follis is 1st black to play pro football

1904 Birthday - Iron Eyes Cody, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, actor, Black Gold, Ernest Goes to Camp

1903 Birthday - Fredi [Fredericka] Carolyn Washington, actress, Black and Tan

1903 Event - In 11th an old black ball is put into play against Cleveland, Tigers' Nap Lajoie protests ignored, he hurls ball out of park and forfeits game

1903 Birthday - Countee Cullen, born in Baltimore, Maryland, poet, Black Christ and Other Poems

1903 Birthday - Siegfried F Nadel, Austrian/British anthropologist, Black Byzantium

1903 Birthday - Georges Simenon, Belgium, mystery writer, Snow Was Black

1903 Event - President T Roosevelt shuts down post office in Indianola Miss, for refusing to accept its appointed postmistress because she was black

1902 Birthday - Milford "Curly" Page, cricketer, New Zealand bat early 1930's, All Black half

1901 Event - Cincinnati Enquirer reports Baltimore manager John McGraw signed Cherokee Indian Tokohoma, who is really black 2nd baseman Charlie Grant

1900 Death - James Augustine Healy, black Roman Catholic bishop, dies at 80

1900 Birthday - Billie Dove, Lilian Bohny, New York City, actress, Black Pirate, Stolen Bride

1899 Event - British "Black Week" due to nederlagen in South Africa

1899 Event - 7000 lay-offs black mine workers of South Africa reach Natal

1899 Birthday - Ruth Schaumann, German painter/writer, Rose, Black King

1899 Birthday - Eunice Hunton Carter, 1st black female district attorney, NY

1899 Event - Black Americans observed day of fasting to protest lynchings

1899 Birthday - Edith Ngaio Marsh, New Zealand, Kiwi mystery writer, Black Beech and Honeydew

1899 Birthday - Dwight Frye, Salina, Kansas, actor, Black Camel, Dracula, Frankenstein

1898 Birthday - Ivan Triesault, born in Estonia, actor, Cry of the Werewolf, Black Parachute

1898 Birthday - Hattie McDaniel, born in Wichita, 1st Black to win Oscar, 'Gone With The Wind'

1898 Event - Louisiana adopts new constitution with "grandfather clause" designed to eliminate black voters

1898 Birthday - Eugene R. Black, U.S., President of World Bank, 1953-62

1898 Birthday - Joyce Carey, English actress, Black Windmill

1897 Death - John Mercer Langston, U.S. black jurist, dies at 67

1897 Event - 1st football game between black colleges-Atlanta U 10, Tuskegee 0

1896 Birthday - Roger Huntington Sessions, born in Brooklyn, New York, composer, Black Masks

1895 Birthday - Benjamin E Mays, South Carolina, black educator, Morehouse, Howard University

1895 Event - Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Black Peter"

1894 Event - Ohio national guard kills 3 lynchers while rescuing a black man

1894 Birthday - Fritz Pollard, early black NFL star, 1920-26

1893 Birthday - Bessie Coleman, 1st black airplane pilot

1892 Event - Dr. Miles V Lynk, physician, publishes 1st Black medical journal

1892 Event - N C Biddle beats Livingston 4-0 in 1st black college football game

1892 Event - U.S. black newspaper "Afro-American" begins publishing from Baltimore

1892 Event - Black Longshoremen strike for higher wages in St. Louis Mo

1892 Birthday - Frank Puglia, born in Sicily, Italy, actor, Black Orchid, Jungle Book

1892 Birthday - Edmund Lowe, actor in Black Sheep, Good Sam, Dillinger, Hot Pepper

1891 Birthday - Mikhail Bulgakov, Russia, playwright/novelist, Black Snow

1890 Birthday - J Patrick O'Malley, Forest City, Pennsylvania, actress, Courage of Black Beauty

1890 Birthday - [Lavinia] Marian Fleming Poe, black U.S. advocate in Virginia

1890 Event - George Dixon becomes 1st black boxing champ (Bantam weight)

1889 Birthday - Moroni Olsen, born in Ogden, Utah, actor, Annie Oakley, Black Gold, Snow White

1889 Birthday - Cyril Delevanti, England, actor, Lucius-Jefferson Davis, Black Eye

1887 Birthday - Hobart Cavanaugh, U.S., actor, Border Town, Black Angel

1887 Birthday - Joe Jackson, black sox player, Say it aint so, Joe

1886 Birthday - Hugo L. Black, born in Alabama, Senator-D-Alabama, 78th Supreme Court justice, 1937 - 1971

1886 Birthday - Hugo Black, American Judge

1885 Event - Samuel David Ferguson becomes 1st U.S. black bishop

1885 Birthday - Juliusz Kaden-Bandrowski, Polish novelist/satirist, Black Wings

1885 Death - Martin R Delany, politician and black nationalist, dies at 72

1884 Birthday - Davidson Black, born in Canada, doctor of anatomy, identified Peking Man

1884 Event - John Lynch is 1st black elected chairman of Republican convention

1884 Event - John Lynch (R-MS) chosen 1st black major-party national convention chair

1884 Event - Moses Walker became 1st black player in major league

1884 Event - National Medical Association of Black physicians organizes in Atlanta

1883 Event - National black convention meets in Louisville, Kentucky

1880 Birthday - Gertrude E Durden Rush, U.S. composer/playwright, Black Girls Burden

1879 Event - W. H. Richardson, a black inventor, patents the children's carriage

1879 Birthday - Charles Follis, 1st black NFLer, Shelby, Ohio

1878 Event - Jack Johnson is 1st black to hold a heavyweight boxing title

1878 Birthday - Jack Johnson, 1st black heavyweight boxing champ, 1908 - 1915

1878 Birthday - Alfred Edgar Coppard, England, writer, Black Dogs and Other Stories

1877 Event - Henry O. Flipper becomes 1st black graduate at West Point

1876 Event - Race riot at Cainhoy South Carolina (5 whites and 1 black killed)

1876 Event - U.S. law removes Indians from Black Hills after gold find

1876 Event - Black landowner murdered in Hamburg, South Carolina

1876 Event - White terrorists attack Black Republicans in Hamburg, South Carolina, killing 5

1875 Birthday - Carter G Woodson, New Canton, Virginia, American historian, black studies

1875 Event - James Augustine Healey became 1st Black Catholic Bishop in US

1873 Event - Black Friday: Jay Cooke and Co fails, causing a securities panic

1873 Event - Henry Flipper of Georgia is 2nd black to enter West Point

1873 Birthday - George Black, Canadian Public Servant

1872 Event - 1st black U.S. Governor took office, Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback (La)

1872 Event - John Henry Conyers of South Carolina becomes 1st black student at Annapolis

1872 Event - 1st National black convention meets in New Orleans

1872 Event - Charlotte Ray, 1st Black woman lawyer, graduated Harvard University

1871 Birthday - James Weldon Johnson, lawyer, 1st black admitted to Florida Bar

1871 Event - Jefferson Long of Georgia is 1st black to make an official speech in House of Representatives (opposing leniency to former Confederates)

1871 Event - Jefferson Long of Georgia sworn in as 2nd black congressman

1870 Event - Joseph Rainey (SC) became 1st black sworn into House of Reps

1870 Event - Joseph H Rainey, 1st black in House of Representatives (SC)

1870 Event - White conservatives suppresed black vote and captured Tennessee legislature

1870 Event - James W Smith of South Carolina is 1st black to enter West Point

1870 Event - 1st black to vote in U.S. (Thomas P Mundy of Perth Amboy New Jersey)

1870 Event - Hiram Rhodes Revels, is sworn in as 1st black member of Congress, Senator-R-Mississippi 1870 - 1871

1870 Event - 15th Amendment (Black suffrage) passed

1869 Event - Black Friday; Wall St. panic after Gould and Fisk attempt to corner gold

1869 Death - A J Hayne, black captain of Arkansas militia, assassinated

1869 Event - Black candidate for lt governor of Va, Dr. J H Harris, defeated

1869 Event - Hiram R. Revels makes 1st official speech by a black in the Senate

1869 Event - John Menard is 1st black to make a speech in Congress

1869 Event - Colored National Labor Union, 1st Black labor convention

1869 Event - National convention of black leaders meets in Washington D.C.

1868 Death - Black Kettle, Motavato, Cheyenne chief, dies

1868 Event - 1st black elected to Congress (John W Menard, Louisiana)

1868 Event - John Menard of Louisiana is 1st black elected to Congress

1868 Event - 1st black cabinet member in South Carolina (Francis L Cardozo-sect of state)

1868 Birthday - W. E. B. Du Bois, born in Massachusetts, civil rights writer, Souls of Black Folk

1868 Event - South Carolina constitutional convention, meets with a black majority

1867 Birthday - Maggie L Walker, black business and civic leader

1867 Event - Robert T Freeman is 1st black to graduate from Harvard Dental School

1867 Event - Reconstruction of South begins, black voter registration

1867 Event - Black demonstrators stage ride-ins on Richmond Virginia streetcars

1867 Event - Peabody Fund forms to promote Black education in South

1866 Birthday - Henry Thacker Burleigh, Erie, Pennsylvania, black composer, Springarn Medal

1866 Event - Frederick Douglass is 1st U.S. black delegate to a national convention

1866 Birthday - Matthew A. Henson, 1st Black to reach North Pole, Jun 4 1909

1865 Event - Patrick Francis Healy is 1st black awarded PhD (Louvain Belgium)

1865 Event - U.S. Confederate Congress calls on black slaves for field service

1865 Event - Freedman's Bureau founded for Black Education, 1865

1865 Event - Henry Highland Garnet, is 1st black to speak in U.S. House of Reps

1865 Event - 1st black major in U.S. Army, Martin Robinson Delany

1865 Event - J. S. Rock, 1st black lawyer to practice in Supreme Court, admitted to bar

1865 Birthday - Benjamin Delmonte, theater director/actor, Black Haired Whore

1864 Event - National black convention meets (Syracuse New York)

1864 Event - New Orleans Tribune, 1st black daily newspaper, forms

1864 Event - Black Soldiers given Medal of Honor

1864 Event - Congress passes legislation equalizing pay for Black soldiers

1864 Event - Congress rules Black soldiers must receive equal pay

1864 Event - Rebecca Lee (U.S.) becomes 1st black woman to receive a medical degree

1864 Birthday - Rebecca Lee, 1st black woman to get a medical degree

1864 Event - Skirmish at Big Black River Bridge, Mississippi

1863 Birthday - Maria H "Mina" Beersmans, Flemish actress, Black Griet

1863 Event - President Lincoln issues "eye-for-eye" order to shoot a rebel prisoner for every black prisoner shot

1863 Event - 1st black regiment (54 Mass) leaves Boston to fight in Civil War

1863 Event - Battle of Big Black River Bridge, Mississippi

1863 Event - Confederate congress passed resolution to kill black soldiers

1863 Event - 1st black Civil War regiment, South Carolina Volunteers, mustered into U.S. army

1863 Event - 54th Regiment (Black) infantry forms

1863 Event - War Department authorizes Mass governor to recruit black troops

1861 Event - Battle of Black Water

1861 Event - Black demonstrators in Charleston staged ride-ins on street cars

1860 Birthday - Lorado Taft, U.S., sculptor, Black Hawk

1860 Birthday - Nancy Jones, U.S. black missionary in Africa

1858 Birthday - Matthew Ricketts, 1st Black man elected to Neb State Legislature

1858 Event - William Wells Brown published 1st Black drama, "Leap to Freedom"

1856 Birthday - Booker Taliaferro Washington, pioneer educator, 1st black on U.S. stamp

1854 Event - Lincoln University, Penn, 1st Black college in U.S. forms by Prebyts

1854 Event - Lincoln University, a black college, chartered (Oxford, Penn)

1853 Event - National Black convention meets, Rochester New York

1853 Event - William Wells Brown publishes "Clotel," 1st novel by black American

1852 Event - San Francisco Methodists establish 1st black church, Zion Methodist

1851 Event - Black abolitionists invade Boston courtroom rescueing a fugitive slave

1851 Event - Sojourner Truth addresses 1st Black Women's Rights Convention (Akron)

1850 Event - U.S. population hits 23,191,876 (Black population: 3,638,808 (15.7%))

1849 Death - George Washington Williams, 1st major black historian, dies

1848 Event - National Black Convention meets (Cleveland)

1848 Death - William A Leidesdorf, black, dies at 38 in SF

1847 Event - George B. Vashon becomes 1st black to enter New York State Bar

1845 Event - 1st black lawyer (Macon B. Allen) admitted to bar

1844 Birthday - Elijah McCoy, black inventor, held over 50 patents

1843 Event - National black convention meets (Buffalo New York)

1839 Birthday - Robert Smalls, born in Beaufort, South Carolina, black congressman 1875-87, Rep-SC

1839 Event - Seminoles and black allies shipped from Tampa Bay Florida, to West

1838 Birthday - Meyer E van Beem, actor, Black Venus

1836 Birthday - Fannie M Jackson, pioneer and educator, 1st U.S. Black woman college grad

1835 Event - 6th national black convention in Philadelphia

1834 Event - 1st black to obtain a U.S. patent, Henry Blair, for a corn planter

1834 Event - 5th national black convention meet, New York City

1833 Event - Prudence Crandall, a white woman, arrested for conducting an academy for black females at Canterbury Conn

1833 Event - 4th national black convention meets in Philadelphia

1833 Birthday - Henry McNeal Turner, black methodist bishop

1832 Event - Black Hawk, leader of Sauk-indians, gives himself up

1832 Event - 1,300 Illinois militia defeat Sac and Fox indians, end Black Hawk War

1832 Event - Black Hawk defeated in Iowa

1832 Event - 3rd national black convention meets, Philadelphia

1831 Event - 2nd national black convention, Philadelphia

1830 Birthday - James A. Healy, 1st black bishop in America

1830 Birthday - James Augustine Healy, born in Macon, Georgia, 1st black Roman Catholic bishop

1829 Birthday - John Mercer Langston, 1st black to hold U.S. political office

1827 Event - 1st U.S. black newspaper, "Freedom's Journal" (New York City), begins publishing

1827 Event - Freedom's Journal, 1st Black newspaper, publishes

1827 Event - Freedom Journal, 1st Black paper, begins publishing

1823 Birthday - Mary Ann Shadd Cary, 1st black U.S. newspaper publishers

1817 Birthday - Hiram R Revels, Fayetteville, North Carolina, 1st black U.S. senator

1817 Event - Alexander Lucius Twilight, probably 1st black to graduate from U.S. college, receives BA degree at Middlebury College

1812 Birthday - Marin R Delany, Charlestown, Virginia, 1st black major in U.S. Medical Corp

1810 Event - U.S. Population: 7,239,881, Black population: 1,377,808 (19%)

1810 Birthday - Charles Lenox Remond, born in Salem Massachusetts, famous black

1807 Birthday - Ira Aldridge, Great 19th century black Shakespearian actor, Othello

1800 Event - U.S. population: 5,308,483; Black population 1,002,037 (18.9%)

1800 Event - Free black community of Philadelphia petitions Congress to abolish slave

1799 Death - Joseph Black, Scottish medical/chemist/physicist, dies at 71

1787 Event - Black Masons form 1st lodge

1787 Event - 1st Black Masonic Lodge (African # 459) forms Prince Hall, Boston

1784 Death - Phillis Wheatley, 1st important black poet in America, dies in Boston

1784 Birthday - Adam Black, Edinburgh Scotland, politician/publisher

1770 Event - Boston Massacre, British troops kill 5 in crowd. Crispus Attackus becomes 1st black to die for American freedom

1760 Birthday - Richard Allen, Philadelphia, 1st black ordained by Methodist-Episcopal church

1759 Birthday - Paul Cuffe, Massachusetts, merchant/shipbuilder/black nationalist

1758 Event - Francis Williams, 1st U.S. black college graduate, publishes poems

1753 Birthday - Oliver Cromwell, Burlington, New Jersey, black who served with Washington

1731 Birthday - Benjamin Banneker, Ellicott, Maryland, black mathematician/surveyor, Washington D.C.

1711 Birthday - Jupiter Hammon, 1st American black to publish poetry, Complete Works

1664 Event - Maryland passes 1st anti-amalgamation law to stop intermarriage of English women and black men

1654 Event - Richard Johnson, a free black, granted 550 acres in Virginia

1652 Event - John Johnson, a free black, is granted 550 acres in Northampton, Va

1651 Event - Anthony Johnson, a free black, receives grant of 250 acres in Va

1624 Birthday - William, Jamestown, Virginia, 1st black child born in English America

1624 Birthday - William Tucker, 1st Black child born in America

1619 Event - 1st Black slaves brought by Dutch to colony of Jamestown Virginia

1619 Event - 1st black Americans (20) land at Jamestown, Virginia

1567 Birthday - Black Box, Catherine Quinol, Guadeloupe, vocalist, Love Sensation

1524 Event - Boer War begins in Germany's Black Forest

1492 Event - In Spain, 6 Jews and 5 Conversos are accused of using black magic

1444 Event - Battle at Varna, Black Sea: Sultan Murad II beats crusaders

1376 Death - "Black Prince" of Wales, son of King Edward of England, dies at 46

1349 Event - 500 Jews of Nuremberg massacre during Black Death riots

1349 Event - Townspeople of Fulda Germany massacre Jews (blamed for black death)

1349 Event - 3,000 Jews killed in Black Death riots in Efurt Germany

1330 Birthday - Edward, the black prince, prince of Wales, 1343-1376

1132 Death - Floris the Black, brother of earl Dirk VI of Holland, murdered

1126 Death - Hendrik IX, the Black, Duke of Bayern (1120-26), dies

695 Death - "Black Ewald", helper of Willibrord, murdered













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