On This Day in Black History: July 3
Slavery ended in the Danish West Indies (now known as the U.S. Virgin Islands).
Peter Jackson, aka The Black Prince, was born. Jackson is considered to be one of the greatest boxers who ever fought.
King Leopold II gave Congo to Belgium.
French General Charles de Gaulle pronounced Algeria independent after a referendum in which 92% of the electorate voted "yes."
Lester Maddox, a segregationist and restaurateur who went on to become governor of Georgia, distributed axe handles to a throng of supporters who forcibly turned away three black activists attempting to integrate his restaurant.
Rwanda opened its border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which had been closed on June 6, further easing fears of another war between the two countries.
Today's Featured Page
Curt Flood was the star center fielder of the St. Louis Cardinals who challenged baseball's reserve system all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. More...
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Patrice Lumumba was born in Katako-Kombe in the Kasai Province of the Belgian Congo in 1925. In October 1958, he formed the Mouvement National Congolais (MNC), which was the only major party that had a truly national base. A nationalist and Pan-Africanist, he mobilized the Congolese people to press for independence. More...
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...
Caught between dissident factions within his military and Europeans searching for gold, Lobengula thwarted the internal dissent by signing a number of treaties with the Europeans without jeopardizing his sovereignty. More...
Dr. George Carruthers
Dr. Carruthers is an astrophysicist of international renown. He was the principal inventor of the first moon-based observatory, the Far Ultraviolet Camera/Spectrograph—a combination spectograph and camera, with an electron intensifier—used for the Apollo 16 mission to the moon in 1972. More...
Graduating from UCLA, Jackie Robinson began to play baseball with the Kansas City Monarchs. When Branch Rickey decided to pioneer in hiring Black baseball players, he hired Robinson on October 23, 1945. More...
The Tuskegee Airmen
Myth: Black men can't fly planes. General H.H. Arnold unequivocally stated that "no Blacks would ever pilot a plane in the upcoming war [World War II.]" The myth was debunked with the help of the US Congress. More...
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