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1990 - Computing's Nobel Prize

Philip Emeagwali awarded the Gordon Bell Prize (computing's Nobel Prize) for solving one of the twenty most difficult problems in the computing field.
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1990 - Singer Cornelius Gunter dies

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Cornelius Gunter, lead singer of the Coasters, was shot to death in Las Vegas, Nevada. Gunter joined the group in 1957 and was around for such hits as "Poison Ivy" and "Charlie Brown."
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1984 - Michael Jackson, entertainer wins 8 Grammys

Musician and entertainer Michael Jackson wins eight Grammy Awards. His album, "Thriller", broke all sales records to-date, and remains one of the top-grossing albums of all time.
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1977 - Death of comedian Eddie ("Rochester") Anderson

Death of comedian Eddie ("Rochester") Anderson (71).
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1948 - First Martyr in Ghanian Independence

Sgt. Cornelius F. Adjetey becomes the first martyr for national independence of Ghana.
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1943 - Porgy and Bess opened on Broadway with Anne Brown

Porgy and Bess opened on Broadway with Anne Brown and Todd Duncan in starring roles.
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1942 - Race riot, Sojourner Truth Homes, Detroit

Race riot, Sojourner Truth Homes, Detroit.
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1940 - United States population: 131,669,275

United States population: 131,669,275. Black population: 12,865,518 (9.8 per cent). Richard Wright's Native Son published.
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1932 - Automatic Gear Shift

Richard Spikes invented/patented automatic gear shift.
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1879 - Southern Blacks fled political and economic

Southern Blacks fled political and economic exploitation in "Exodus of 1879." Exodus continued for several years. One of the major leaders of the Exodus movement was a former slave, Benjamin ("Pap") Singleton.
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1871 - Second Enforcement Act gave federal officers and

Second Enforcement Act gave federal officers and courts control of registration and voting in congressional elections.
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1859 - Arkansas legislature required free Blacks to

Arkansas legislature required free Blacks to choose between exile and enslavement.
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1778 - Rhode Island General Assembly

Rhode Island General Assembly in precedent-breaking act authorized the enlistment of slaves.
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1708 - Slave Revolt in Long Island

Slave revolt, Newton, Long Island (N.Y.). Seven whites killed. Two Black male slaves and an Indian slave were hanged, and a Black woman was burned alive.
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1704 - Elias Neau, a Frenchman, opened school for Blacks

Elias Neau, a Frenchman, opened school for Blacks in New York City.
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