Matthew Henson Receives a Joint Medal from Congress
1944 – Matthew Henson receives a joint medal by Congress
Matthew Henson receives a joint medal by Congress for his role as co-discoverer of the North Pole
Baseball outfielder William “Bill” White was born in Lakewood, Ohio. Now baeball’s National League President, White played in 1,673 games and ended his career with a .286 batting average on 1,706 hits. He won the Golden Glove award in 1960 and 1966.
1938 – First Black Woman elected to a state legislature
Crystal Byrd Fauset was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
1970 – Arthur Ashe, first Black male to win Wimbledon, is denied entry to
Arthur Ashe, first Black male to win Wimbledon, is denied entry to compete on the US Team for the South African Open tennis championships due to Ashe’s sentiments on South Africa’s racial policies
1986 – Ronald McNair dies in Challenger disaster
On this day in 1986 astronaut Ronald McNair died in the space shuttle Challenger disaster. Surviving him are his wife Cheryl McNair and children.
1989 – Colgate Redesigns “Darkie” Toothpaste
After 62 years of racial caricatures, Colgate-Palmolive Co. redesigned packaging for its “Darkie” toothpaste sold in Asia. The logo for the toothpaste, previoulsy a black face sambo character named “Darkie,” was renamed “Darlie” and replaced with a silhouette.