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1. In 1829, A poem in tribute to the late Philadelphia caterer Robert Bogle is published. Bogle is the first known professional African American caterer. Among his descendants will be Robert W. Bogle, publisher of the Philadelphia “Tribune”, and Donald Bogle, noted film critic and author of “Black Americans in Film and Television”.

2. In 1894, A group of African-American miners in Alabama is killed by striking white miners.

3. In 1936, The movie, Green Pastures, premieres in New York’s Radio City Music Hall, featuring Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, the Hall Johnson Choir, and Rex Ingram as “De Lawd.” The film, a Warner Brothers production, is William Keighley’s adaptation of Marc Connelly’s Pulitzer Prize winning Broadway musical.

4. In 1961, Ralph Boston of the United States, sets what is then the long jump record at 27′ 2″.

5. In 1977, Janelle Penny Commissiong of Trinidad and Tabago is crowned Miss Universe. She is the first person of African descent to win the title.

6. In 1988, Carl Lewis runs 100 meters in 9.78 seconds.

7. In 1988, Florence Joyner runs 100 meters in women’s world record time of 10.49 seconds.

8. In 1988, Jackie Joyner-Kersee sets women’s heptathlete record of 7,215 points.

9. In 1990, Dr. Gwendolyn Baker was elected President of the New York Board of Education, the first African American woman to hold such an office.

10. In 1991, Miles Davis receives award In Paris, jazz trumpeter Miles Davis was named a Knight in the (French) Legion of Honor, one of that nation’s highest cultural honors.

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