Harlem Events in History

1992 Death - Bill Walker, actor (Big Mo, Mask, Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 95

1990 Event - Gro Harlem Brundtland installed as premier of Norway

1988 Event - Mike Tyson and Mitch Green brawl at 4 A.M. in Harlem

1985 Event - Lynette Woodward, chosen as 1st woman on Harlem Globetrotters

1981 Event - "Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island" airs

1981 Event - Gro Harlem Brundtland elected premier of Norway

1973 Death - Arna Bontemps, writer (Harlem Renaissance), dies at 72 in Nashville

1967 Event - Harlem (New York City) voters defy Congress and reelect Adam Clayton Powell Jr

1967 Death - Reese "Goose" Tatum, basketballer (Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 45

1966 Death - Abe Saperstein, founder (Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 63

1966 Event - Dance Theatre of Harlem debuts

1965 Birthday - Moby, born in Harlem, New York, Richard Melville Hall, singer, songwriter, DJ, electronica, eight top 40 songs, album, Play sold 10 million copies worldwide

1963 Birthday - Gene Anthony Ray, Harlem, New York, dancer/actor, Leroy-Fame

1962 Birthday - Sandra "Sweetness" Hodge, basketball player, Harlem Globetrotters

1960 Event - Singer Ben E King records "Spanish Harlem" and "Stand By Me"

1959 Birthday - Lynette Woodard, born in Wichita, Kansas, Gold Medal 1984 Olympics, Harlem Globetrotter

1953 Birthday - "Sweet" Lou Dunbar, basketball player, Harlem Globetrotters

1951 Event - Harlem Globetrotters play in Olympic Stadium, Berlin before 75,052

1948 Death - Claude McKaye, Jamaican/US author (Banjo, Home to Harlem), dies at 57

1943 Event - Race riot in Harlem New York City

1942 Event - Race riots in Harlem, New York

1942 Birthday - Connie Hawkins, Harlem Globetrotter/NBA, Phoenix Suns, ABA MVP 1968

1941 Birthday - Michael Lerner, born in Brooklyn, New York, actor, 8 Men Out, Harlem Nights

1939 Birthday - Gro Harlem Brundtland, Norway, PM/feminist/conservatist

1939 Birthday - Gro Harlem Brundtland, Norwegian premier, 1981-82, 86-89, 90-

1937 Birthday - Billy Dee Williams, born in Harlem New York City, actor, Chiefs, Empire Strikes Back

1934 Birthday - Arthur Mitchell, choreographer, Dance Theater of Harlem

1933 Birthday - Cicely Tyson, born in Harlem, New York City, actress, Roots, Miss Jane Pittman

1933 Birthday - Godfrey Cambridge, New York City, actor, Cotton comes to Harlem

1930 Birthday - Raymond St. Jacques, actor and director, Cotton Comes to Harlem, Mr. Moses

1927 Event - Duke Ellington opens at Cotton Club in Harlem

1927 Birthday - Harry Belafonte, Harlem New York City, calypso singer, Buck and the Preacher

1927 Event - Harlem Globetrotters play their 1st game

1927 Event - Harlem Globetrotters play 1st game (Hinckley, Ill)

1926 Birthday - Marques Haynes, NBA hall of famer, Harlem Globetrotters

1925 Event - Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters organizes (Harlem New York)

1922 Event - Black Renaissance begins Harlem NY

1910 Birthday - Dorothy Maynor, born in Norfolk, Virginia, soprano/founder, Harlem School of Arts

1908 Birthday - Milton Berle, born in Harlem, New York City, comedian, Uncle Miltie, Mr. Television

1902 Birthday - Stepin Fetchit, Lincoln Perry, Florida, actor, Miracle in Harlem

1899 Birthday - Gertrude Berg, Harlem New York City, actress, Molly Goldberg-Goldbergs

1897 Birthday - Walter Winchell, born in Harlem, New York City, newscaster and columnist, Untouchables

1892 Birthday - Oliver Hardy, Harlem, Georgia, comedy team member, Laurel and Hardy

1776 Event - Nathan Hale leaves Harlem Heights Camp (127th St) for spy mission

1510 Birthday - Nicolaas van Nieuwland, corrupt 1st bishop of Harlem