1. In 1940 Hattie McDaniel, known for her supporting roles became the first African American to win the Oscar Award for her role as ‘Mammy’in the movie ‘Gone With The Wind’. Not only was she the first African American to receive this award, but she was the only woman to have received it until Whoopi Goldberg received the same award for her role in the movie ‘Ghost’.
2. In 1968 National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (The Kerner Commission) said white racism was the fundamental cause of the riots in American cities. The commission said America was “moving toward two societies, one Black, one white, separate and unequal.
3. In 1972 Hank Aaron becomes 1st baseball player to sign for $200,000 a year.
4. In 1990 Paula Abdul’s “opposites Attract” is the Number 1 Pop single.