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This Day in Our History

Posted by joyinhome on February 17, 2010

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

February 17

1973 – The Navy frigate USS Jesse L. Brown was commissioned. The ship was named for Ensign Jesse L. Brown, the first African American naval aviator killed in combat over Korea.

1963 – Basketball player Michael Jeffrey Jordon who forever changed professional basketball around the globe, was born in New York, NY.

1938 – Dr. Mary Frances Berry, the first woman to serve as a chancellor of a major research university, is born in Nashville, Tenn.

1902 – Opera singer Marian Anderson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1939, Anderson was scheduled to perform at the concert hall controlled by the Daughters of the American Revolution. After the DAR refused to allow her to perform, she performed an outdoor concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

1891 – A black inventor, A. C. Richardson, invented the butter churn – patent #466,470.

Stay tuned for more factoids.

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