On This Day in Black History: April 30
711
The Moorish general Tarik ibn Ziyad invaded Spain. He landed near a rock promonotory which became known as Jebel Tarik (Tarik's mountain), which was later mispronounced by the Spaniards as Gibraltar.
1828
Shaka, the great Zulu king, was killed.
1983
Robert C. Maynard bought the Oakland Tribune for $17 million from the Gannett media conglomerate, becoming the first African-American to own a major metropolitan newspaper.
2003
Domitien Ndayizeye, a Hutu, took over from Pierre Buyoya as president of Burundi under terms of a three-year, power-sharing transitional government inaugurated in 2001. The Hutus held a rather tenuous position due to continued violence and Tutsi fears that a Hutu-dominated government could result in the large-scale genocide that occurred in neighboring Rwanda.

Today's Featured Page
Bessie Coleman
Bessie Coleman became the first black woman ever to fly an airplane and the first African American to earn an international pilot's license. More...


Previously Featured Pages
African-American Astronauts
Guion S. Bluford became the first African-American to go into space in August 1983 aboard the Challenger. More...

Rosa Parks
On December 1, 1955, Mrs. Rosa Parks sat down so that we could all stand up for our rights. More...

Otis Boykin
One of Otis Boykin's early inventions was an improved electrical resistor for computers, radios, televisions and an assortment of other electronic devices. More...

Queen Nzinga
Queen Nzinga's meeting with the Portugese governor, recorded by a Dutch artist, is legendary in the history of Africa's confrontations with Europe. More...

Dr. Mae Jemison
Dr. Mae Jemison became the first African-American woman astronaut to participate in a NASA shuttle mission. More...

Claudia Jones
Concerned with black nationalism as well as socialism, Claudia Jones became the standard bearer for Negro women, especially domestic workers. She denounced and attacked the triple oppression of sex, race, and class faced by black women. More...