* Today in Black History – September 21 *
1814 – African American troops are cited for bravery in the
Battle of New Orleans.
1872 – John Henry Conyers of South Carolina becomes first
African American student at U.S. Naval Academy
(Annapolis). He will later resign.
1905 – The Atlanta Life Insurance Company is founded by Alonzo
1909 – Kwame Nkrumah is born in Nkroful, Ghana. A leader in
African colonial liberation, Nkrumah will be the first
prime minister of Ghana (1958-1966), but will be forced
into exile following a coup.
1932 – Melvin Van Peebles, playwright and director(Watermelon
Man), is born.
1948 – Artis Gilmore, who will become a professional basketball
all-star, is born.
1967 – Walter Washington is nominated by President Lyndon B.
Johnson as the first mayor of the newly reorganized
municipal government of Washington, DC. In 1974, he
will be elected to the post, another first for an
1970 – The Oakland Athletics’s Vida Blue pitches a no-hitter
against the Minneapolis Twins, 6-0.
1971 – Alfonso Ribeiro, actor/pianist (Alfonso-“Silver Spoons”,
“Fresh Prince of Bel Air”), is born.
1981 – Belize gains independence from Great Britain.
1985 – Michael Spinks becomes the first light heavyweight to
defeat the reigning heavyweight champion when he defeats
1989 – Army General Colin Powell receives Senate confirmation as
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest
military position in the United States, thereby becoming
the military’s highest-ranking African American.
1990 – Pittsburgh Pirate Barry Bonds is the second person to hit
30 home runs and steal 50 bases in the same season.
2009 – The Rev. John “Bootsie” Wilson, a former lead singer and
last surviving member of the soul group The Silhouettes,
joins the ancestors.
Information retrieved from the Munirah Chronicle and is edited by Rene’ A. Perry.