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On This Day in Black History: August 29
1778
The First Rhode Island Regiment, the first African-American regiment to fight in America, made a gallant stand against British troops at the battle of Rhode island.
1793
Slavery was abolished in Santo Domingo.
1910
Vivien T. Thomas was born. As a surgical "technician," Thomas helped Dr. Alfred Blalock and Dr. Helen Taussig develop the "blue baby" operation at Johns Hopkins.
1920
Charlie Parker, described by jazz critic Scott Yanow as "arguably the greatest saxophonist of all time", was born.
1957
The Civil Rights Act of 1957—the first federal civil rights legislation since 1875—was passed. Strom Thurmond's filibuster of the bill lasted 24 hours, 18 minutes, setting the record for longest uninterrupted speech in the United States Senate.
1961
The SNCC began its voter registration drive in the South.
1962
Mal Goode broke the colour barrier in network television news when he began appearing on ABC as the first African-American television reporter.
2003
Excel Motors, a fledgling Jamaican automaker, exported the Caribbean island's first locally manufactured car to the Bahamas. The two-door Island Cruiser, one of 22 built at the company's plant in western Jamaica, sold for $11,500.
2005
Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of the U.S. Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, saving its worst for New Orleans.

Today's Featured Page
Otis Boykin
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Rita Dove
Born 1952 in Akron, Ohio, Rita Dove served as the Poet Laureate of the United States and Consultant in Poetry at the United States Congress. She was the youngest person and the first African American to be appointed to this prestigious office. More...

Nana Prempeh I
Nana Prempeh reunited the Asante nation, but this period coincided with the Scramble for Africa and the British viewed African unity as an impediment to their colonial expansion. Additionally, they wanted to colonize the Gold Coast before the French in the Ivory Coast did. More...

Marie-Joseph Angélique
Marie-Joseph Angélique was a slave owned by François Poulin of Montreal in the early 1730s. Being in her sexual prime, she was expected to breed with male slaves as well as provide sexual services to her master. Angélique had other plans. More...

Althea Gibson
Surmounting the obstacles of poverty and racism, Althea Gibson reached the pinnacle of her sport against the odds, becoming the first African American woman to win a major tennis tournament. More...

Dr. Mark Dean
When you think PC (personal computer), Mark Dean does not readily come to mind. Mark who?, you may ask. More...

Mansa Musa
Mansa Musa is mostly remembered for his extravagant hajj, or pilgrimage, to Mecca. However, attention should be focused on the effects of the hajj, rather than the pilgrimage itself. More...


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