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2/13/1818 12:00:00 AM - Absalom Jones, the first African American Episcopa

Absalom Jones, the first African American Episcopal priest ordained in the U.S. , dies.
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2/1/1965 12:00:00 AM - Actress Ruby Dee in Shakespeare Festival

Ruby Dee was the first African American actress to play a major role at the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford Conn.
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6/16/1975 12:00:00 AM - Adam Wade hosts the Nationally televised game show Musical Chairs. He is the fi

Adam Wade hosts the Nationally televised game show Musical Chairs. He is the first African American game show host.
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2/12/1939 12:00:00 AM - Augustus Nathaniel Lushington

Augustus Nathaniel Lushington became the first African American to earn a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.), earning the doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in 1897; died on this day.
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4/11/1972 12:00:00 AM - Benjamin L. Hooks

Benjamin L. Hooks, a Memphis lawyer-minister, becomes the first African American named to the Federal Communications Commission.
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4/25/1950 12:00:00 AM - Charles "Chuck" Cooper

Charles "Chuck" Cooper first African American ever drafted by an NBA team; picked by the Boston Celtics
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4/10/1910 12:00:00 AM - Charles W. Follis

Charles W. Follis, first African American to play professional football, born
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2/27/1872 12:00:00 AM - Charlotte Ray graduates from Howard Law School.

Charlotte Ray graduates from Howard Law School. She is the first African American lawyer in the U.S.
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6/14/1970 12:00:00 AM - Cheryl Adrienne Brown

Cheryl Adrienne Brown wins the Miss Iowa pageant and becomes the first African American to compete in the Miss America beauty pageant.
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4/15/1922 12:00:00 AM - Chicago's first African American mayor, Harold Washington, was born.

Chicago's first African American mayor, Harold Washington, was born.
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5/14/1913 12:00:00 AM - Clara Stanton Jones

Clara Stanton Jones born ; first African American director of the Detroit Public Library and first African American president of the American Library Association
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2/5/1990 12:00:00 AM - Columbia University graduate and Harvard University law student Barack Obama bec

Columbia University graduate and Harvard University law student Barack Obama became the first African American named president of the Harvard Law Review.
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6/5/1973 12:00:00 AM - Doris A. Davis of Compton, California becom

Doris A. Davis of Compton, California becomes the first African American woman to govern a metropolitan city.
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3/20/1950 12:00:00 AM - Dr. Ralph Bunche receives the Nobel Peace Prize

Dr. Ralph Bunche receives the Nobel Peace Prize for his work as a mediator in the Palestine crisis. He is the first African American to be so honored.
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6/15/1968 12:00:00 AM - Ellen Holly becomes the first African American on

Ellen Holly becomes the first African American on daytime television as Carla on One Life to Live.
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2/8/1986 12:00:00 AM - Figure Skater Debi Thomas wins Woman's Singles

Figure skater Debi Thomas became the first African American to win the Women's Singles of the U.S. National Figure Skating Championship competition, was a pre-med student at Stanford University.
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2/8/1944 12:00:00 AM - First African American

Harry S. McAlphin - First African American to accredited to attend White House press conference.
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2/15/1968 12:00:00 AM - Henry Lewis

On this day Henry Lewis becomes the first African American to lead a symphony orchestra in the United States.
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3/31/1856 12:00:00 AM - Henry Ossian Flipper, the first African American graduate of the U.S. Military A

Henry Ossian Flipper, the first African American graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, was born in Thomasville, Georgia. Enduring heavy racism during his schooling, Flipper went on to establish a military career. This was ended however after he was falsely accused of embezzling funds.
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3/19/1975 12:00:00 AM - James B. Parsons

James B. Parsons becomes the first African American chief judge of a federal court, the U.S. District Court of Chicago. In 1961, Parsons became the first African American district court judge
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8/13/1911 12:00:00 AM - James B. Parsons, first African American ap

James B. Parsons, first African American appointed to a lifetime federal judgeship in the U.S. (1961) , born
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4/24/1972 12:00:00 AM - James M. Rodger, Jr.

James M. Rodger, Jr. first African American to be named National Teacher of the Year is honored at a White House ceremony.
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5/14/1969 12:00:00 AM - John B. McLendon

John B. McLendon becomes the first African American coach in the ABA when he signs a two year contract with the Denver Nuggets.
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6/19/1918 12:00:00 AM - John H. Johnson, Editor and Publisher of JET

1918 : John H. Johnson, Editor and Publisher of JET and Ebony magazines, founder of Johnson Publishing Company, the most successful African American publishing company in the U.S., owner of Fashion Fair cosmetics, and the first African American owned radio station in Chicago, born
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4/2/1855 12:00:00 AM - John Mercer Langston, considered the first African

John Mercer Langston, considered the first African American to be elected to public office is elected clerk of Brownhelm, Ohio township
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2/19/1992 12:00:00 AM - John Singleton, Director

John Singleton,the first African American director to be nominated for the Academy Award is nominated for best director and best screenplay for his first film Boyz N the Hood.
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4/17/1823 12:00:00 AM - Jurist Mifflin Gibbs born

Arkansas jurist Mifflin Wistar Gibbs was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Gibbs became the nation's first African American judge in 1873. From 1850-1858, he served as U.S. consul to Madagascar.
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6/16/1970 12:00:00 AM - Kenneth A Gibson elected the first African American mayor of Newark. In 1976, he

Kenneth A Gibson elected the first African American mayor of Newark. In 1976, he will be elected the first African American president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
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4/21/1974 12:00:00 AM - Lee Elder becomes the first African American professional golfer to qualify for

Lee Elder becomes the first African American professional golfer to qualify for the Masters Tournament.
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4/16/1973 12:00:00 AM - Lelia Smith Foley becomes the first African A

Lelia Smith Foley becomes the first African American woman to be elected mayor of a U.S. city (Taft, OK)
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6/6/1950 12:00:00 AM - Lt. Gen. Frank E. Petersen (1932-).

On June 6, 1950, Frank Petersen enlisted in the Navy. At the age of 20, he was the first Afro-American to be named a naval aviator in the Marine Corp. He was also the first African American to command a fighter squadon, a fighter air group, an air wing, and a major base. Lt. Gen. Frank. Petersen, was considered by his friends to be a leader and a gentleman in his affairs.
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5/2/1845 12:00:00 AM - Macon B. Allen

Macon B. Allen, first African American admitted to the bar in Massachusetts ; the previous year he was admitted to the bar in Maine making him the first licensed African American attorney in the U.S.A.
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4/25/1972 12:00:00 AM - Major General Frederick E. Davidson

Major General Frederick E. Davidson first African American to lead an Army division
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4/26/1991 12:00:00 AM - Maryann Bishop Coffey

Maryann Bishop Coffey is named the first woman and the first African American co-chair of the National Conference of Christians and Jews
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6/3/1871 12:00:00 AM - Miles Vandehurst Lynk,

Miles Vandehurst Lynk, founder of the first African American medical journal and organizer of the National Medical Association, born.
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4/28/1971 12:00:00 AM - Military Service

Samuel L. Gravely, Jr. became the first African American Admiral in the United States Navy.
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4/19/1978 12:00:00 AM - Network news anchor

Max Robinson is the first African American to anchor network news. The network is ABC.
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4/15/1928 12:00:00 AM - Norma Merrick Sklarek, the first licensed woman

Norma Merrick Sklarek, the first licensed woman architect in the U.S. and the first African American woman to become a fellow in the American Institute of Architects, born.
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6/27/1972 12:00:00 AM - Patricia Roberts Harris

Patricia Roberts Harris, the first African American U.S. Ambassador is named permanent chairman of the Democratic National Convention. She will later be appointed Secretary of Health and Human Services and Secretary of Housing and Urban development
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4/8/1990 12:00:00 AM - Percy Julian, developer of drugs to combat glaucom

Percy Julian, developer of drugs to combat glaucoma and methods to mass produce cortisone and George Washington Carver are the first African American Inventors admitted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in the hall's 17-year history.
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2/3/0001 12:00:00 AM - Reginald F. Lewis

Lewis was born on this day in Baltimore, Maryland. He received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1968. He was a partner in Murphy, Thorpes& Lewis, the first black law firm on Wall Street. In 1989 he became president and CEO of TLC Beatrice International food Company, Lewis became the head of the largest black-owned business in the United States. TLC Beatrice had revenues of $1.54 billion in 1992
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12/7/1942 12:00:00 AM - Reginald F. Lewis

Lewis was born on this day in Baltimore, Maryland. He received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1968. He was a partner in Murphy, Thorpe & Lewis, the first Black law firm on Wall Street. In 1989 he became president and CEO of TLC Beatrice International Holding Inc. With TLC's leverage acquisition of Beatrice International Food Company, Lewis became the head of the largest Black-owned business in the United States. TLC Beatrice had revenues of $1.54 billion in 1992.
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4/4/1942 12:00:00 AM - Richard Parsons

Richard Parsons, CEO of Dime Savings Bank, the first African American CEO of a large non minority U.S. savings institution, born.
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6/3/1877 12:00:00 AM - Roland Hayes

Roland Hayes, first African American to give a recital in Boston's Symphony Hall, born
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6/4/1922 12:00:00 AM - Samuel L. Gravely is born

Samuel Gravely was appointed captain of the Navy Destroyer Escort, U.S.S. Falgout, the first African American to command a United States warship. He later received the rand of Rear Admiral, a first for an African American navyman.
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6/18/1966 12:00:00 AM - Samuel Nabrit

Samuel Nabrit is the first African American to serve on the Atomic Energy Commission
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4/14/1969 12:00:00 AM - Students Seize Columbia College Building

Student Afro-American Society seized the Columbia College admissions office and demanded a special admissions board and staff.
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6/14/1939 12:00:00 AM - The Ethel Waters Show

The Ethel Waters Show, a variety special appears on NBC. It is the first time an African American appears on television
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3/27/2002 12:00:00 AM - The First Black Psychic

Shirley Ajayi was the first African American given a part on a television show as a psychic! The show lasted for about one year[actually six months] in Chicago, Illinois since the show was seasonal! Shirley started her career the minute her predictions came true! She was renamed 'Aura' and hired to do the remaining shows for some six months! After that many psychic flooded the scene from Psychic Friends Network to the present Miss Cleo! Even the movie 'The Matrix' was influenced by her with the character 'The Oracle'. This fact is true! Shirley is also a distant cousin to Oprah Winfrey who also was on television in Chicago around the same year 1986!
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3/26/1991 12:00:00 AM - The Reverend Emmanuel Cleaver

The Reverend Emmanuel Cleaver becomes the first African American mayor of Kansas City, Mo.
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3/16/1999 12:00:00 AM - Thomas L. Jennings

Thomas L. Jennings - Mr. Jennings was the first African-American to have patented an invention. In 1821, Mr. Jennings was issued a patent for a dry-cleaning process known as "dry scouring." An activist for the rights of African Americans, he served as Assistant Secretary of the first annual Convention of the People of Color in June 1831 in Philadelphia.
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6/18/1991 12:00:00 AM - Wellington Webb is elected mayor

City Auditor Wellington Webb is elected mayor of Denver, Colo. He is the first African American to hold the post.
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4/26/1883 12:00:00 AM - William Levi Dawson

William Levi Dawson is born, first African American representative to chair a committee in Congress.
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4/11/1988 12:00:00 AM - Willie D. Burton

Willie D. Burton becomes the first African American to win the Oscar for sound, for the movie Bird.
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5/19/1991 12:00:00 AM - Willy T. Ribbs becomes the first African American driver to qualify for the Indi

Willy T. Ribbs becomes the first African American driver to qualify for the Indianapolis 500.
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3/24/1972 12:00:00 AM - Z. Alexander Looby

Z. Alexander Looby the first African American to serve on the Nashville City Council dies
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