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1830: James A. Healy, the 1st African American Roman Catholic priest & Roman Catholic bishop in the US was born (Died: 1900).

1909: African American explorer Matthew A. Henson became the first man to reach the North Pole.

1922: Pianist extraordinaire Dorothy Donegan was born (Died: 1998)

1931: The Scottsboro trials began in Alabama.

1937: Billy Dee Williams was born.

1963: #1 song was ‘He’s So Fine’ by the Chiffons.

1973: The Stylistics’ ‘Break Up to Make Up’ received a Gold record.

1974: Earth, Wind & Fire was one of many top performances at the 1st California Jam 1 Festival with over 200,000 in attendance.

1991: Patti LaBelle performed on Bob Hope’s Yellow Ribbon Party in honor of returning troops from the first Gulf War.

1996: Mariah Carey’s ‘Always Be My Baby’ charted on its way to #1.

1998: Chubby Checker guest-starred on CBS-TV’s Murphy Brown.

1999: Actor Kwesi Boakye was born.

2001: R&B singer Charles Pettigrew passed away from cancer at age 37.

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