Historic Episodes, Locations or People by Name

  • Mon, 1858-01-18

    Daniel Hale Williams was born on this date in 1858. He was an African American physician and surgical pioneer who performed the first successful...

  • Tue, 1898-01-18

    George Dawson was born on this date in 1898. He was an African American author and laborer and one of the oldest men in America to learn to read...

  • Mon, 1926-01-18

    Johnny Bragg was born on this date in 1926. He was an African American singer.

    He was born in Nashville, Tenn. As a teenager in 1943,...

  • Mon, 1926-01-18

    *Randolph Bromery was born on this date in 1926. He is an African American Geophysicist, educator. Bromery was born and raised in Cumberland,...

  • Sat, 1941-01-18

    *David Ruffin was born on this date in 1941. He was an African American singer.

    From Whynot, MS. his family moved to Detroit where he...

  • Thu, 1945-01-18

    *Dennis Johnson was born this date in 1945. He was an African American Television producer and director.

    From Kenbridge, Va., and...

  • Tue, 1949-01-18

    On this date in 1949, Rep. William L. Dawson of Illinois was elected chairman of House Expenditures Committee in Congress.

    He was the...

  • Sat, 1958-01-18

    On this date in 1958, Willie O’Ree became the first Black man to play in the National Hockey League (NHL).

    O’Ree played for the Boston...

  • Thu, 1973-01-18

    *Benjamin Jealous was born January 18, 1973. He is an African American Administrator, Journalist and Civil rights Activist.

    Benjamin...

  • Thu, 1990-01-18

    On this date in 1990, the FBI and D.C. police arrested Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry.

    He was charged with possession of cocaine at...

  • Mon, 2016-01-18

    *In honor of Martin Luther King Day which was first celebrated in 1986, we have the text of his speech I have a Dream. The Martin Luther King Day...