On this day in Black history…
1. 1990 – Computing’s Nobel Prize
Philip Emeagwali awarded the Gordon Bell Prize (computing’s Nobel Prize) for solving one of the twenty most difficult problems in the computing field.
2. 1984 – Michael Jackson, entertainer wins 8 Grammys
Musician and entertainer Michael Jackson wins eight Grammy Awards. His album, “Thriller”, broke all sales records to-date, and remains one of the top-grossing albums of all time.
3. 1977 – Death of comedian Eddie (“Rochester”) Anderson (71).
4. 1948 – First Martyr in Ghanaian Independence
Sgt. Cornelius F. Adjetey becomes the first martyr for national independence of Ghana.
5. 1943 – Porgy and Bess opened on Broadway with Anne Brown and Todd Duncan in starring roles.
6. 1932 – Inventor Richard Spikes invented the automatic gear shift.
7. 1879 – Southern Blacks fled political and economic
Southern Blacks fled political and economic exploitation in “Exodus of 1879.” Exodus continued for several years. One of the major leaders of the Exodus movement was a former slave, Benjamin (“Pap”) Singleton.
8. 1871 – Second Enforcement Act gave federal officers and
Second Enforcement Act gave federal officers and courts control of registration and voting in congressional elections.
9. 1859 -Arkansas legislature required free Blacks to choose between exile and enslavement.
10. 1708 – Slave Revolt in Long Island
Slave revolt, Newton, Long Island (N.Y.). Seven whites killed. Two Black male slaves and an Indian slave were hanged, and a Black woman was burned alive.