This Day in Black History: February 2nd


On this day in Black history…

1. 1989 – Rebellion After Suspicious Death During Arrest
In Tampa,Florida, a rebellion followed the suspicious death of Edgar Allen Price, a police suspect who died during an arrest. Police contended that Price “hit his head on the ground several times.”

2. 1962 – Eleven People Arrested After Sit-In
Seven whites and four Blacks arrested after all-night sit-in at Englewood, N.J., city hall. Four Black mothers arrested after sit-in at Chicago elementary school. Mothers later received suspended $50 fines. Protests, picketing and demonstrations continued for several weeks against de facto segregation, double shifts and mobile classrooms.

3. 1948 – Truman sends Congress Anti-Lynching Message
President Truman sent Congress a special message urging adoption of a civil rights program, including a fair employment practices commission and anti-lynching and anti-poll tax measures.

4. 1915 – Biologist Ernest E. Just receives the Spingarn medal for his pioneering in cell division and fertilization.

5. 1914 – William Ellisworth Artist is born in Washington,N.C. Educated at Syracuse University and a student of Augusta Savage. His works will be exhibited at Atlanta University, the Whitney Museum, the Two Centuries of Black American Art exhibit and collected by Fisk University, Hampton University, the North Carolina Museum of Art, and private collectors.

6. 1912 – Herbert Mills, of the original Mills Brothers Quartet, was born in Piqua, Ohio. The highly successful quartet was known for its smooth harmony.

7. 1897 – A.L. Cralle patents Ice Cream Mold
Cralle, A. L. Ice-Cream Mold Feb. 02, 1897 Patent No.576,395

8.  1897 – Ice Cream Scooper Invented
Alfred L. Cralle invented the ice cram scooper, patent #576,395

9. 1862 – District of Columbia abolishes slavery

10. 1839 – Spark Plug Patent
Inventor Edmond Berger patented the spark plug. 

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