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This Day In Our History

Posted by joyinhome on February 9, 2010

Everyday this month, a little-known fact about history made on this date will be featured.

February 6

1972 – Robert Lewis Douglas, founder and coach of the NY Renaissance (Rens), is inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

1961 – Jail-in movement started in Rock Hill, S.C., when students refused to pay fines and requested jail sentences. Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) urged south-wide “Jail, No Bail” campaign.

1945 – Bob Marley is born.

1870 – Jonathan Jasper Wright was elected to the South Carolina Supreme Court.

February 7

1974 – Grenada achieves independence from Great Britain.

1967 – Comedian, author, actor, and talk show host Chris Rock was born in South Carolina. He brought a boycott of the flag of his birthplace to the forefront.

1926 – Carter G. Woodson creates Negro History Week. In 1976, it became Black History Month.

1883 – Pianist Eubie Blake is born.

February 8

1986 – Oprah Winfrey becomes the first African American woman to host a nationally syndicated talk show.

1986 – Pre-med student Debi Thomas became the first African American to win the Women’s Singles of the U.S. National Figure Skating Championship competition.

1968 – Three students were killed by officers during a demonstration on the campus of South Carolina State in Orangeburg, South Carolina. The students were protesting segregation at an Orangeburg bowling alley.

1944 – Harry S. McAlphin is the first African American to receive credentials to attend White House press conference.

February 9

1995 – African-American astronaut, Bernard Harris, takes a space walk.

1971 – Baseball Hall of Fame inducts Leroy “Satchel” Paige.

1952Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison wins the National Book Award.

1944 – Novelist Alice Walker was born in Eatonton, Georgia.

Stay tuned for more history.

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