This Day in Black History: February 21st


On this day in Black history…

1. 1992 – Eva Jessye
Eva Jessye choral director for the first Broadway production of Porgy and Bess died in Ann Arbor, Michigan Feb. 21, 1992.

2. 1987 – Black Rebellion in Tampa, Florida
African Americans in Tampa, Florida rebelled after an African American man was killed by a white police officer while in custody.

3. 1965 – Malcolm X.
On February 21, 1965, Malcolm X was assassinated, 11 months after his split from Elijah Muhammad’s Nation of Islam.

4. 1965 – Malcolm X (39) assassinated in Audubon Ballroom at a rally of his organization. Three Blacks were later convicted of the crime and sentenced to life imprisonment.

5. 1965 – 2/21/1965: On this day Bro. El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcom X), American blac
2/21/1965: On this day Bro. El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcom X), American black nationalist, is assassinated.

6. 1961 – Otis Boykin patents the Electrical Resistor
Otis Boykin, Inventor, patented the Electrical Resistor. U.S. 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). He began his career as a laboratory assistant testing automatic controls for aircraft. One of Boykin’s first achievements was a type of resistor used in computers, radios, television sets, and a variety of electronic devices. Some of his other inventions included a variable resistor used in guided missiles, small component thick-film resistors for computers. The innovations in resistor design reduced the cost of producing electronic controls for radio and television, for both military and commercial applications. Other inventions by Otis Boykin also included a burglarproof cash register and chemical air filter.

7. 1940 – John Lewis, founder and chairman of SNCC, born

8. 1936 – Barbara Jordan born
2/21/1936: On this day Barbara Jordan, who will be the first African American woman elected to the House of Representatives, is born

9. 1933 – Nina Simone born
Nina Simone (Eunice Waymon), 66, singer (“I Love You Porgy,” “Trouble in Mind”) born Tryon, NC, Feb 21, 1933.

10. 1917 – Thelonious Monk, jazz great born
Thelonious Sphere Monk (1917–82) Jazz musician; born in Rocky Mount, N.C. He was raised in New York

11. 1895 – North Carolina Legislature adjourns
North Carolina Legislature, dominated by Black Republicans and white Populists, adjourned for the day to mark the death of Frederick Douglass. 

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