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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

This Day In Black History For The Month Of February

February 1, 1865 – John Rock became the first Black admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.
February 2, 1839 – Inventor Edmond Berger patented the spark plug.

February 3, 1920 – The Negro Baseball League was founded.
February 4, 1913 – Rosa Parks (born Roas Louise McCauley) was born.
February 5, 1934 – Henry "Home Run King" Aaron, baseball superstar was born.
February 6, 1945 – Bob Marley, Jamaican reggae star was born.

February 7, 1883 – Eubie Blake, pianist, was born.
February 8, 1986 – Oprah Winfrey becomes the first African American woman to host a nationally syndicated talk show.
February 9, 1995 – Bernard Harris, African-American astronaut, takes space walk.
February 10, 1940 – Singer Roberta Flack was born.
February 11, 1976 – Clifford Alexander Jr. Confirmed as the first Black secretary of the United States army.

February 12, 1793 – First fugitive slave law enacted by Congress. The measure made it a criminal offense to harbor a fugitive slave or prevent his arrest.
February 13, 1957 – Southern Christian Leadership Conference organized at New Orleans meeting with Martin Luther King Jr. as president.
February 14, 1946 – Entertainer and dancer Gregory Hines was born.
February 15, 1968 – Henry Lewis becomes the first African American to lead a symphony orchestra in the United States.
February 16, 1951 – New York City Council passed bill prohibiting racial discrimination in city-assisted housing developments.

February 17, 1942 – Huey Newton, founder of the Black Panthers, was born.
February 18, 1931 – Toni Morrison (born Chloe Anthony Wofford) was born.
February 19, 1919 – Pan-African Congress, organized by W.E.B. Du Bois, met at Grand Hotel, Paris.
February 20, 1927 – Actor and thespian Sidney Poitier was born.
February 21, 1965 – Brother El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcom X), American black nationalist, was assassinated.
February 22, 1950 – Julius Winfield ("Dr.J") Erving, 49, former basketball player, was born.

February 23, 1868 – William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (W.E.B. Du Bois) was born.
February 24, 1864 – Rebecca Lee becomes the first black woman to receive an M.D. degree.
February 25, 1964 – Nat King Cole, the singer with the "Golden Voice", dies.
February 26, 1869 – Fifteenth Amendment guaranteeing the right to vote sent to the states for ratification.
February 27, 1964 – Anna Julia Cooper, champion for the rights of black women, dies at the age of 105.
February 28, 1871 – Second Enforcement Act have federal officers and courts control of registration and voting in congressional elections.

February 29, 1940 – Hattie McDaniel known for her supporting roles became first African American to win the Oscar Award for her role in the movie ‘Gone With The Wind’.

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