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This Day in Our History

Posted by joyinhome on February 23, 2010

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

February 20

1963 – Charles Wade Barkley, NBA player, is born Leeds, AL.

1936 – Jazz singer, actress, Nancy Wilson born in Chillicothe, Ohio.

1929 – Writer Wallace Thurman’s play Harlem opens in NYC. It is the first successful play by an African American playwright.

1927 – Actor and thespian Sidney Poitier is born.

February 21

1965 – El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (also known as Malcolm X) is assassinated in Audubon Ballroom at a rally of the Organization of Afro-American Unity.

1961 – Otis Boykin, inventor, patented the Electrical Resistor. U.S. patent 2,972,726. He is responsible for inventing the electrical device used in all guided missiles and IBM computers, plus 26 other electronic devices including a control unit for an artificial heart stimulator (pacemaker).

1936: Barbara Jordan, the first African American woman elected to the House of Representatives, is born.

1933Nina Simone (Eunice Waymon) is born Tryon, NC.

February 22

1950 – Julius Winfield ( “Dr.J”) Erving, NBA legend, is born in Roosevelt, NY.

1888 – In West Chester, Pennsylvania, African American painter Horace Pippin was born. Pippin is considered one of the major American painters of his period. One of his more significant works, “John Brown Going to His Hanging,” is owned by the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

1841 – Grafton Tyler Brown, lithographer and painter, is born.

Stay tuned for more factoids.

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