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This Day in Our History

Posted by joyinhome on February 10, 2010

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

February 10

1992 – American biographer, scriptwriter, author Alex Haley dies. Haley became famous with the publication of his novel ROOTS, which traces his ancestry back to Africa and covers seven American generations as they are enslaved and taken to the United States.

1966 – Andrew Brimmer becomes the first African-American governor of the Federal Reserve Board when he is appointed by President Johnson.

1964 – After 12 days of debate and voting on 125 amendments, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Civil Rights Act by a vote of 290-130. The bill prohibited any state or local government or public facility from denying access to anyone because of race or ethnic origin.

1927 – Attorney Ronald Brown was elected national chairman of the Democratic Party and became the first African American to hold the post.

1927 – Opera singer (Mary) Leontyne Price was born in Laurel, Mississippi.

1907 – Civil rights activist and politician Grace Towns Hamilton was born in Atlanta, Georgia. She was the first African-American woman elected to the Georgia General Assembly in 1965.

Stay tuned for more factoids.

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