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A Moment in Time pt.3
By Eric Graham
Updated: February 14, 2013
- On February 27, 1988, figure skater, Debi Thomas, became the first African-American to win a medal at the Winter Olympics
- On January 24, 1962, Jackie Robinson became the first African-American elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
- On January 17, 1942, Muhammad Ali (Cassius Marceilus Clay, Jr.) was born in Louisville, Kentucky.
- On January 23, 1977, the TV mini-series Roots, based on Alex Haley’s book of the same title aired on ABC.
- On January 2, 1991, Sharon Pratt Dixon, after being sworn in, became the first woman mayor of the District of Columbia.
- On January 4, 1920, Andrew “Rube” Foster organized baseball’s Negro League.
- On February 17, 1963, basketball superstar, Michael Jordan was born.
- On February 26, 1926, Theodore “Georgia Deacon” Flowers became the first middle-weight boxing champion.
- On January 8, 1811, Charles Deslandes led a Louisana slave revolt.
- On January 31, 1988, the Washington Football Team’s quarterback Doug Williams, a graduate of Grambling State University, became the first African-American quarterback to play in the a Super Game and was named MVP in Super Bowl XXII.