This Day in Our History
Posted by joyinhome on February 16, 2010
Everyday this month, a little-known fact about history made on this date will be featured.
1957 – Actor Levar Burton was born in Landsthul, Germany. Burton won fame for his acting in the television movie “Roots,” which was based on the novel by Alex Haley. He became known once more in the 1980s and 1990s for his recurring role in the “Star Trek: Next Generation” series and the children’s show Reading Rainbow.
1951 – New York City Council passed bill prohibiting racial discrimination in city-assisted housing developments.
1923 – Bessie Smith makes her first recording, Down Hearted Blues which sells 800,000 copies for Columbia Records.
1857 – Frederick Douglass elected President of Freedman Bank and Trust.
Stay tuned for more factoids.