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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY

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TIM MAGUIRE

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Goodman’s bands started the careers
of many jazz musicians. During an era
of racial segregation, he led one of the
first integrated jazz groups. Benny
Goodman (known as “The King of
Swing”), performed nearly to the end
of his life while exploring an interest
in
classical music.

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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY

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Image 1 - Jackie Robinson 1954 Topps #10 -Brooklyn Dodgers HOF - PSA 3 VG Very Good

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Jack Roosevelt Robinson
(January 31, 1919 – October 24, 1972)

On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson, age 28, become the first
African American player in Major League Baseball when he
stepped onto Ebbets Field in Brooklyn to compete for the
Brooklyn Dodgers.

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FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN CONGRESSMAN

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Hiram Rhodes Revels (September 27, 1827 – January 16, 1901)

 

On this day in 1870 Hiram Rhodes Revels, a Republican from
Natchez,
Mississippi, was sworn into the U.S. Senate, becoming
the first African American ever to sit in Congress.

During the Civil War, Revels, a college-educated minister, helped
form African American army regiments for the Union cause,
started a school for freed men, and served as a chaplain for the
Union army. Posted to Mississippi, Revels remained in the
former Confederate state after the war and entered into
Reconstruction-era Southern politics.

 

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Hiram Revels taking the oath of office.

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ACTRESS CICELY TYSON IS DEAD AT 96

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Cicely Tyson, groundbreaking actress, dead at 96 | Fox News
Cicely Tyson (December 19, 1924 – January 28, 2021)

(Fox News) – Cicely Tyson, the groundbreaking Emmy and Tony
award-winning actress, has
died. The acting icon passed away
on Thursday afternoon. No cause or location was given.

Cicely Tyson on Roots, Grief and Strength - Video
Cicely Tyson holding a baby in a scene from the TV movie: Roots.

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Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)


King was a
Baptist minister and activist who became the most
visible spokesperson and leader in the
civil rights movement
from 1955 until
his assassination in 1968.

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