James Earl Jones Born
1931 – Actor James Earl Jones born
Actor James Earl Jones was born in Arkabutla, Tate County, Mississippi. His movie credits include The Hunt for Red October, Roots, Dr. Strangelove and voices in both Star Wars and The Lion King.
Lawrence Douglas Wilder was born on this day.
1996 – Barbara Jordan dies
Barbara Charline Jordan was born February 21, 1936, in Houston, Texas. Jordan was elected to the Texas Senate in 1966, becoming the first female African-American to do so. In 1972, she was elected president pro-tempore of the Texas Senate – the first African-American elected to preside over a legislative body anywhere …