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Nat Turner was turned over to a sheriff on this date. The revolutionary freedom-fighter was captured the previous day for his involvement in his infamous slave revolt.
Football player, William Henry Lewis, is named as an All-American, playing for
W.F. Burr patents a railway switching device. Patent #636,197.
This date marks the birth of Ethel Waters. She was an African-American entertainer, vocalist, and actress.
With smooth, well-defined phrasing and a meticulous sense of timing, the singing style of Ethel Waters rated with the best of the era’s vocalists, making her a popular figure during the Harlem Renaissance. By the mid-‘20s Waters had stopped singing the blues. She was the first woman to perform W.C. Handy’s “St. Louis Blues.” Her style changed to that of a successful pop singer. Waters performed in a number of revues, including Africana, Paris Bound, and The Ethel Waters Broadway Revue. In 1929 she landed her first acting role in the film On with the Show. She appeared in Pinky in 1949, which won her an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress.
On Broadway Ethel Waters appeared in Mamba’s Daughters, though her greatest theatrical achievement was in 1950 when she played a cook in the play The Member of the Wedding and won the New York Drama Critics Award for best actress. She penned two autobiographies, His Eye Is on the Sparrow and To Me It’s Wonderful. Ethel Waters also toured with evangelist Billy Graham from 1957 until her death on September 1, 1977.
Julia Lee was born on this date. She was an African-American singer and pianist.
Julia Lee was born in
His band formed around 1920 and, among the Black musical groups in the
A major figure in the blues revival that followed World War II, her trademark was double-entrendres, or, as she once said, “the songs my mother taught me not to sing.” She made several hit records in the 1940s. Come On Over to My House Baby led to a recording contract with Capitol Records in 1946. Snatch and Grab It, (1947), sold a half million copies. She worked primarily in the mid-west and frequently teamed up with the great drummer Samuel “Baby” Lovett. In 1949, Lee and Lovett played at the White House at the invitation of President Harry Truman.
Lee was married for a time to baseball player and manager Frank Duncan, of the Kansas City Monarchs. At the time of her death on December 8, 1958 in
Illinois Jacquet was born on this date. He was an African-American Tenor saxophonist.
Born Jean Baptiste Jacquet, in
He has virtually built a career on that solo, which he claims, came from divine inspiration; it ranks as one of the best improvisational performances in the 20th century. His raw-boned tenor sound combining R&B boldness and jazz sophistication is his trademark. He performed in the Jazz At The Philharmonic series, appeared in the jazz documentary, Jammin’ The Blues and in 1945 formed his own band. From the ‘50s to the present, Jacquet has recorded for many labels including
Continuing performing on jazz recordings into the 1990s, he was a guest on the Modern Jazz Quartet’s 1994 album A Celebration. As he explained in the closing statement of a 1988 Jazz Times interview, “With this kind of music you don’t get old, because it takes 50 years to learn how to play it. I don’t expect to retire.”
Into the 21st century, Jacquet lead one of the best swing big bands on the scene and performed with the same intensity that marked his ascendancy more than 50 years ago. Illinois Jacquet died on July 21, 2004.
John Henry Lewis wins the world light heavyweight crown in
Educator, Booker T. Washington, is inducted into the Hall of Fame for Great Americans.
Earl Lloyd becomes the first African American to play in an NBA game when he takes the floor for the Washington Capitols in
John Harding Lucas II is born in
On this date,
For more than a century, the Algerian people fought a permanent armed, moral, and political struggle against the invader and all its forms of oppression after the aggression of 1830 against the
The war of extermination carried on by the French imperialism became more intensive, and more than a million martyrs died for the love of the homeland and liberty. In March 1962, the people came out victorious from a struggle that lasted seven and a half years led by the National Liberation Front. Having recovered its sovereignty after 132 years of colonial domination under a feudal system,
Faithful to the program adopted by the National Council of the Algerian Revolution in Tripoli, the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria moved its activities in the process of building of the country in conformity with the principles of socialism and the effective exercise of power by the people, of whom the fellahs, the working masses, and the revolutionary intellectuals constitute the ultramodern.
A racially motivated civil disturbance occurs in
Violet Palmer, a Black woman, became the first woman to officiate a NBA game, the Dallas Mavericks at the Vancouver Grizzlies. The NBA introduced two women official in 1997.