Fats Domino Born
1926 – Theodore “Georgia Deacon” Flowers becomes first Black middle-weight boxing champion. In front of a crowd of 16,311 at Madison Square Garden, Flowers defeated champion Harry Greb by unanimous decision to take the belt.
1928 – Singer “Fats” Domino born New Orleans, Louisiana. Born Antoine “Fats” Domino Jr., the singer was one of the early pioneers of Rock and Roll music, charting eleven top top 10 hits and selling more than 65 million records. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
Singer “Fats” Domino born.
1933 – Actor/Comedian Godfrey Cambridge born in New York City. Cambridge was praise by Time Magazine as “one of the country’s four most celebrated Negro comedians.”
1964 – Cassius Clay Becomes Muhammad Ali
. After converting to Islam and joining the Nation of Islam, Clay, the Heavyweight boxing champion changed his name to “Muhammad” (one who is worthy of praise) “Ali” (most high). “I believe in Allah and in peace. . . . I’m not a Christian anymore. . . . I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be,” he would state.
1965 – Jimmie Lee Jackson Dies. Jackson, a civil rights leader in Marion, Alabama, was taking part in a peaceful voting rights march in Marion, and was beaten by Alabama State Troopers and shot by Trooper James Bonard Fowler on February 18, 1965. A grand jury refused to indict Fowler, but he was indicted more than forty years later on murder charges. Fowler plead guilty to manslaughter and apologized for the killing. He served four months in jail.
1966 – Andrew Brimmer becomes the first African American governor of the Federal Reserve Board. Brimmer, a noted economist, academic, and business leader, was appointed to the position by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
1972 – Trayvon Martin Dies. Florida teenager Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, sparking a debate about gun rights and the right to “stand your ground.” Martin was visiting his father for the weekend and was walking home from a convenience store. Zimmerman, who considered himself a neighborhood watch supervisor, was suspicious of Trayvon and began following him through the neighborhood, despite being advised by a police dispatcher to stop following him. A scuffle ensued between the two and Trayvon was shot and killed. Zimmerman claimed that Trayvon attacked him and that he shot the teenager in self-defense. A jury acquitted Zimmerman of second degree murder on July 13, 2013.