On This Day in Black History: August 2
Hannibal, in what has been described as one of the greatest tactical feats in military history, defeated the Romans at the Battle of Cannae.
Marcus Garvey introduced his "Back to Africa Program" at the Universal Negro Improvement Association's (UNIA) convention at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Novelist, short story writer and essayist James Baldwin was born.
William Henry Thompson became the first enlisted man in the Korean War to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor, and the first African-American recipient since the Spanish American War in 1898.
Jackie Robinson, who broke the colour barrier in major-league baseball, was honored with a commemorative stamp issued by the United States Postal Service.
The National Congress of Black Women was founded.
The Congressional Black Caucus sent a letter to Japanese premier Noboru Takeshita protesting Japan's anti–African-American remarks and continuing anti–African-American practices.
Charles Taylor was sworn in as president of Liberia.
Activist and political maverick Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, pioneer of Afrobeat music, died.
President Charles Taylor of Liberia agreed to cede power on August 11.
Today's Featured Page
The Fall of Benin
On February 17, 1897, Benin City fell to the British. On that fateful day in history, the city of Benin lost its independence, its sovereignty, its Oba (king), its control of trade, and its pride. More...
Previously Featured Pages
The Emancipation Act
On August 1, 1834, the Emancipation Act came into force, after fifty years of bitter debate in Britain over the morality and profitability of slavery. It did not abolish servitude, but it was the first significant promise of freedom. More...
Dr. Lloyd Quarterman
Dr. Lloyd Quarterman was one of the African American nuclear scientists involved in the production of the atomic bomb. He worked with two of the most illustrious scientific minds of the twentieth century—Albert Einstein and Enrico Fermi. More...
Thulamela, an archaeological site in the northernmost reaches of Kruger National Park, South Africa, was opened to the public on National Heritage Day (September 24) 1996. Although a number of sites have been excavated south of the Limpopo River, Thulamela is the first to be thoroughly explored in the post-apartheid era. More...
In 1875, Khama III became king of the Bamangwato when he expelled his father and brother, Sekgoma and Kgamane. Known as Khama the Good, he was a Christian convert and proved to be more pious than the missionaries. More...
Dr. Percy Julian
Born in 1899 in Montgomery, Alabama, Dr. Percy Julian's research yielded more than 100 patents. He created derivative drugs to treat glaucoma and arthritis at a reasonable cost. His research on the soybean led to discoveries in the manufacture of drugs, hormones, vitamins, paint and paper. More...
"Queen Mother" Moore
Queen Mother Moore was born Audley Moore in New Iberia, Louisiana, and acquired the appellation Queen Mother on her first trip to Ghana, where she attended the funeral of Kwame Nkrumah in 1972. She was in the forefront of the struggle for 77 years. More...
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