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This Day in Our History

Posted by joyinhome on February 19, 2010

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

February 19

2002 – Vonetta Flowers became the first black gold medalist in the history of the Winter Olympic Games. She and partner Jull Brakken won the inagural women’s two-person bobsled event.

1992 – John Singleton receives an Oscar nomination for best director and best screenplay for his first film Boyz N the Hood. He is the first African American director to be nominated.

1940 – Singer William “Smokey” Robinson was born in Detroit, Michigan. Robinson’s first singing group was the Miracles which he formed in 1955 while still in high school. The group’s first success came in 1960 with the hit, “Shop Around.”

1919 – The Pan-African Congress, organized by W.E.B. Du Bois, held its first meeting, in Paris. There were fifty-seven delegates: sixteen from the United States and fourteen from Africa. Blaise Diagne of Senegal was elected president and Du Bois was named secretary.

Stay tuned for more factoids.

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One Response to “This Day in Our History”

  1. Thank you for your “factoids”.

    Keep them coming!

    TM

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