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Black Facts for February 28
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.
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."
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.
1977 - Death of comedian Eddie ("Rochester") Anderson
Death of comedian Eddie ("Rochester") Anderson (71).
1948 - First Martyr in Ghanian Independence
Sgt. Cornelius F. Adjetey becomes the first martyr for national independence of Ghana.
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.
1942 - Race riot, Sojourner Truth Homes, Detroit
Race riot, Sojourner Truth Homes, Detroit.
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.
1932 - Automatic Gear Shift
Richard Spikes invented/patented automatic gear shift.
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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