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Today in History: In 1968, Reverend Channing E. Philips of Washington, D.C., Became the First Black Nominated for President

Philips was nominated as favorite son candidate by District of Columbia delegation at Democratic convention in Chicago and received 671 votes. Phillips was an American minister, civil rights leader and social activist, who made history as the first African American placed in nomination for President of the United States by a major political party. ...

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Today in History: In 1975 Emperor Haile Selassie Died

Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia died in 1975 at the age of 83. During his reign, Selassie's main ambitions included the modernization of Ethiopia, international recognition for his nation, the abolishment of slavery, expanded education and the elimination of foreign intervention. In 1936, a year after Italy invaded Ethiopia; Selassie was forced to flee his country. He remained a strong symbol for many Bl ...

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Today in History: In 1998 Dominica Experienced Their Worst Plane Crash Ever

14 years ago  today,  Dominica suffered its worst air disaster when Cardinal Airline Flight 947 from St. Maarten to Dominica disappeared and crashed around 5:33 pm on approaching  the Melville Hall Airport. The passengers on that plane at the time of the crash including the pilot were serving police officer, Glenville Lewis, Josephine and Nyanna Francois and Jonathan Lake, Latoya James, Valda Simon, Marcus ...

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Today In History: In 1791 the Haitian Revolution Began With Revolt of Slaves in Northern Province

The Haitian Revolution was a slave revolt in the French colony of Saint-Domingue, which culminated in the elimination of slavery there and the founding of the Haitian republic. The Haitian Revolution was the only slave revolt which led to the founding of a state. The revolution was one of the two successful attempts, along with the American Revolution, to achieve permanent independence from a European colon ...

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Today in History: In 1958, Actress Angela Bassett was Born

Bassett was born Angela Evelyn Bassett in Harlem, New York on August 16, 1958, the daughter of Betty Jane and Daniel Benjamin Bassett. After her parents' separation, she relocated to St. Petersburg, Florida, where she and her sister D'nette were raised by their social worker/civil servant mother. As her interest in entertainment developed, Angela and her sister would often put on shows, reading poems or per ...

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Today in History: The Spingarn Medal was Awarded to Richard B. Harrison for his Portrayal of the “Lawd” in The Green Pastures

On this day in 1931 the Spingarn Medal was awarded to Richard B. Harrison for his Portrayal of the "Lawd" in The Green Pastures. Richard Berry Harrison was a renowned actor, teacher, dramatic reader and lecturer. The son of fugitive slaves, Harrison was born in London, Ontario, Canada, on September 28, 1864, the eldest of five siblings. Harrison became extremely well known after playing "de Lawd" in more th ...

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