On This Day in Black History: April 19
1906
British forces were called up to put down the Bambatha Rebellion in Natal. This uprising is regarded as the end of African resistance to colonial rule and the beginning of the armed struggle against apartheid.
1960
Maj. Gen. Frederick E. Davidson assumed command of the Eighth Infantry Division in Germany, thus becoming the first African-American to lead an army division.
1960
The South West African People's Organisation (SWAPO) was founded in Namibia with Sam Nujoma as leader.
1971
Sierra Leone became a republic.
1977
Alex Haley received a special Pulitzer Prize for his book, Roots.
1978
Max Robinson was the first African-American to anchor network news.
1982
NASA announced that Guion Bluford was the first black astronaut selected for space missions.
2001
Pharmaceutical firms, due to a negative public-relations backlash, withdrew from a court battle to fight South African legislation which searched for cheaper, generic AIDS drugs for millions of Africans.
2002
Jerome Iginla became the first black man to win the scoring title in the National Hockey League.
2005
The first piece (middle part) of the Axum obelisk, looted by the Italian troops of Benito Mussolini in 1939, was returned from Italy to Ethiopia. The second and third parts were returned on April 25. The 1,700-year-old granite obelisk is 24 meters tall and weighs 160 tonnes and is .
2006
Ellen Kuzwayo, South African author and women's rights activist and anti-apartheid champion, died. Kuzwayo was the first black writer to win South Africa's premier CNA Literary Prize for her 1985 autobiography, Call Me Woman.

Today's Featured Page
Menelik II
Born in 1844, Menelik II was one of the most celebrated of Ethiopia's rulers, and led the most successful campaign of African resistance to repel the onslaught of European colonialism. More...


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Jackie Robinson
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...

Lewis Latimer
Lewis Latimer has brought light to millions around the world, yet he remains in the shadows. Although his collaboration with Edison and his genius as a pioneer in the electric lighting industry are well documented, they are not widely acknowledged. More...

Lobengula
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...

Ernest Everett Just
Ernest E. Just was a "scientist's scientist". Dr. Charles Drew, a pioneer in blood plasma research himself, described Dr. Just as "a biologist of unusual skill and the greatest of our original thinkers in the field". More...

Amy Jacques Garvey
Amy Jacques Garvey, wife of Marcus Garvey, did not derive her legitimacy from the status of her husband. She was a leading Pan-Africanist and Black Nationalist in her own right. 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...