* Today in Black History – October 14 *
1834 – Henry Blair of Glen Ross, Maryland, receives a patent for
a corn planting machine.
1864 – The first African American daily newspaper, the New
Orleans Tribune, is published in both French and English.
1916 – Sophomore tackle and guard Paul Robeson is excluded from
the Rutgers football team when Washington and Lee
University refuse to play against an African American.
The exclusion will be temporary and the young Robeson
will go on to be named a football All-American twice.
1947 – Charles “Charlie” Joiner, Jr. is born in Many, Louisiana.
He will become a professional football player after being
picked in the fourth round of the 1969 NFL draft. He will
be a wide receiver for the Houston Oilers from 1969-1972,
the Cincinnati Bengals from 1972-1975, and the San Diego
Chargers from 1976-1986. In eighteen seasons, he will
play in 239 games (most ever for a wide receiver at the
time of his retirement) and compile a career record of 750
catches, 12,146 yards, and 65 touchdowns. He will catch
586 passes as a Charger and was a key element in vaunted
“Air Coryell” offense. He exceeded 50 catches in seven
seasons, was a 100-yard receiver in 29 games, and played
in three Pro Bowls. In his last thirteen years, he will
miss only one game. He will be inducted into the Football
Hall of Fame in 1996.
1958 – The District of Columbia Bar Association votes to accept
African Americans as members.
1964 – Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. is announced as the recipient of
the Nobel Peace Prize for his civil rights activities.
King is the second African American to win the Peace
1969 – A racially motivated civil disturbance occurs in
1971 – Two people are killed in a Memphis, Tennessee racially
1980 – Bob Marley performs in his last concert before he
untimely joins the ancestors succumbing to cancer.
1995 – Sports Illustrated places Eddie Robinson on the cover
of its magazine. He is the first and only coach of an
Historically Black College or University (HBCU) to
appear on the cover of any major sports publication in
the United States.
1999 – Julius Nyerere, Tanzania’s first president, joins the
ancestors in a London hospital at age 77.
Information retrieved from the Munirah Chronicle and is edited by Rene’ A. Perry.