On this day in Black history…
1. 1970 – Joe Frazier knocked out Jimmy Ellis in the second round of their New York fight and became the world heavyweight boxing champion.
2. 1970 – Joe Frazier becomes world heavyweight boxing champion.
3. 1957 – Actor Levar Burton was born in Landsthul, Germany. Burton won fame for his acting in the television movie “Roots,” which was based on the novel by Alex Haley. He became known once more in the 1980s and 1990s for his recurring role in the “Star Trek: Next Generation” series and movies.
4. 1951- New York City Council passed bill prohibiting racial discrimination in city-assisted housing developments.
5. 1923 – Bessie Smith’s First Recording
On this day Bessie Smith makes her first recording, “Down Hearted Blues,” which sells 800,000 copies for Columbia Records.
6. 1857 – Frederick Douglass elected President of Freedman Bank and Trust.