Hattie McDaniel Wins an Oscar
1940 – Hattie McDaniel wins an Oscar for Best Supporting actress in the movie “Gone With The Wind.” McDaniel portrayed “Mammy,” the house servant in the production based on the book by Margaret Mitchell. Hattie was the first African American to win the award and it would be another 23 years before Sidney Poitier would win one.
1977 – Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, a star on the “Jack Benny” television show died. Anderson played the role of Rochester van Jones on the show until the series ended in 1965. He previously appeared on the “Jack Benny” radio program, the first African-American to appear as a regular on a national radio program. In addition to his entertainment career, Anderson was an astute businessman, investing in several racehorses, managing a boxer and owned a company that produced parachutes for the United States military during World War II.
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