April 2017

Dr. Charles Gomillion



Apr 1 Dr. Charles R. Drew, medical researcher who developed techniques for processing and preserving blood, died in a car accident, 1950.
Apr 2 Georgetown coach John Thompson becomes first African American coach to win NCAA basketball tournament, 1984.
Apr 3 Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech in support of the striking sanitation workers in Memphis, TN, 1968.
Apr 4 Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, 1968.
Apr 5 Booker Taliaferro Washington, educator, author and political leader, was born enslaved on the Burroughs Plantation in Virginia, 1856.
Apr 6 Matthew A. Henson becomes one of the first people to reach the North Pole, 1909.
Apr 7 Granville T. Woods patents (#315,368) apparatus for transmission of messages by electricity, 1885.
Apr 8 Hank Aaron hits his 715th career home run, surpassing Babe Ruth as Major League Baseball’s all-time home-run leader, 1974.
Apr 9 Marian Anderson performed her critically acclaimed concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, 1939.
Apr 10 Robert Lee Elder became the first African American to play in the Masters Golf Tournament, 1975.
Apr 11 Percy Lavon Julian, research chemist and pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs from plants, was born in Montgomery, Alabama, 1899.
Apr 12 Harold Washington becomes first African American mayor of Chicago, 1983.
Apr 13 Sidney Poitier became the first African American man to win the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the movie “Lilies of the Field”, 1964.
Apr 14 First abolitionist society in U.S. is founded in Philadelphia, 1775.
Apr 15 Jackie Robinson became the first African American major league baseball player of the modern era, 1947.
Apr 16 Slavery abolished in the District of Columbia, 1862.
Apr 17 Mifflin Wistar Gibbs, businessman, politician and the first elected African American municipal judge, was born in Philadelphia, PA, 1823.
Apr 18 Alice Walker wins Pulitzer Prize for fiction for The Color Purple, 1983.
Apr 19 Stationed in Germany, Major Gen. Frederic E. Davidson becomes first Black to lead an army division, 1972.
Apr 20 George Faison became the first African American to win the Tony Award for Best Choreographer – “The Wiz”, 1975.
Apr 21 Locksley Wellington “Slide” Hampton, jazz trombonist, composer and arranger, was born in Jeannette, Pennsylvania, 1932.
Apr 22 Catherine L. Hughes, business executive and founder of Radio One & TV One, was born Catherine Elizabeth Woods in Omaha, Nebraska, 1947.
Apr 23 Clatonia Joaquin Dorticus patents photographic print washer patent number 537,968. 1895.
Apr 24 David Harold Blackwell, the first African American inducted into the National Academy of Sciences, was born in Centralia, Illinois, 1919.
Apr 25 The United Negro College Fund was founded to raise funds for private historically Black colleges and universities, 1944.
Apr 26 Sarah Boone patents ironing board, patent number 473,653. 1892.
Apr 27 Coretta Scott King, civil rights leader and author, was born in Marion, Alabama, 1927.
Apr 28 Sojourner Truth, abolitionist & women’s rights activist, first African American woman to be honored with a bust in the U.S. Capitol, 2009.
Apr 29 Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington, hall of fame pianist, composer and big band leader, was born in Washington, D. C., 1899.
Apr 30 Michelle J. Howard, first African American woman to command a U.S. Navy ship and first female four-star admiral, was born in Riverside, CA, 1960.
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