Charles Drew Founds Blood Bank
1941 – Charles Drew founds Blood Bank
A Black scientist helped save thousands of lives during World War II. Dr. Charles Richard Drew set up and ran the pioneer blood plasma bank in Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. This bank served as one of the models for the system of banks operated later by the American Red Cross. On October 1, 1940, in response …
Benny Goodman leads a historic jazz concert at Carnegie Hall in NYC. Later considered one of the first serious jazz concerts, Goodman refused to perform without two African American members of his band, Teddy Wilson on piano and Lionel Hampton on vibraphone. Hall officials relented and the integrated band performs to…
1928 – Eartha Kitt Born
Eartha Kitt, 71,singer, born,SC Jan. 16, 1928.
1941 – The 99th Pursuit Squadron formed
The 99th Pursuit Squadron, an all African American unit is formed and the Tuskegee Training Program is established, the 99th will fly more than 500 missions and more than 3,700 sorties during one year of combat before being combined with the 332nd Fighter Group.
1950 – Debbie Allen Born
Debbie Allen, 49,dancer,choreographer,singer,actress(“Fame”), born Houston, Tx, Jan 16, 1950.