Ron Brown Elected Chairman of the Democratic Party
1854 – Joseph Charles Price was born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Price was a great orator and was one of the founders of and was the first president of Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina.
1927 – Noted opera singer Leontyne Price was born. In her career she would win 19 Grammy Awards and was later awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom (1964), the Spingarn Medal (1965), the Kennedy Center Honors (1980), the National Medal of Arts (1985).
1940 – Singer Roberta Flack was born in Black Mountain, North Carolina. She had five number one singles and received four Grammy Awards.
1989 – Attorney Ronald Brown was elected national chairman of the Democratic Party and became the first African American to hold the post. In 1993, Brown was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve as the Secretary of Commerce . He served in this capacity until his death in 1996 in a plane crash in Croatia.