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FEATURED: Ray Charles (Photo: AP)

1841: Educator, lecturer, college president William H. Crogman was born (Died: 1931).

1847: George B. Vashon became the 1st Black to enter NY State Bar. He was also the 1st black professor at Howard University.

1846: Clergyman, politician, orator and talented debater Jeremiah Haralson was born (Died: 1916). He served in the Alabama House of Representatives.

1891: George Toliver was awarded a patent for the ship propeller.

1891: Charley Patton considered by many to be the “Father of the Delta Blues’ was born (Died: 1934).

1924: Don Redman was the 1st musician to use the oboe as a jazz instrument in a solo of ‘After the Storm.’

1957: W. Robert Ming became the 1st black elected chairman of the American Veterans Committee.

1962: # 1 R&B song was ‘Mashed Potato Time’ by Dee Dee Sharp.

1963: Ray Charles performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

1966: Rapper, actor and producer Too Short was born.

1967: Mrs. Robert W. Claytor became the 1st black elected president of the YMCA.

1967: Muhammad Ali refused induction in to the Army and was stripped of his boxing titles.

1971: Samuel L.Gravely Jr. became the 1st black admiral in the US Navy.

1983: Alice Walker and Gloria Naylor won American Book awards for fiction.

1990: MC Hammer charted with ‘U Can’t Touch This.’

1991: CORE Chairman Floyd McKissick passed away.

1992: Iceberg Slim, a reformed pimp and author of urban fiction passed away. Described as a savagely gifted storyteller whose paperback novels sold in unprecedented numbers in black communities.

1995: Barry White performed at the Safari Park Garden Theater in Nairobi, Kenya, becoming the 1st Westerner to do so.

2005: Jazz bassist Percy Heath passed away.

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