7 Little-Known , Black History Facts.
1. Shirley Chisholm, She was the first Black woman elected to Congress and survived multiple assassination attempts when she ran for President of the United States.
2. John Baxter Taylor , He was the first African American
to win an Olympic gold medal.
3. Billie Holiday, Her song, "Strange Fruit," was originally published as a poem by Abel Meeropol, a Jewish school teacher.
4. Hattie McDaniel, The first African American to win an Oscar, McDaniel wasn't allowed to attend the premiere of 'Gone with the Wind.'.
5. Phillis Wheatley, At only 12 years old, she became the
first published African American female author.
6. Josephine Baker , The famed entertainer worked as a
French Resistance spy during World War II.
7. Black History Month , It was decreed a national observance in
1976 by President Gerald Ford
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The Origins of, Black History Month
in the US.
In 1915, Harvard-trained
historian Carter G. Woodson
co-founded the Association for the
Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH).
ASHNLH committed itself
to the research and promotion
of Black American achievement.
If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition ... and it stands in danger of being exterminated, Carter G. Woodson.
In 1926, Woodson declared
the second week of February
"Negro History Week.".
The idea was a hit among teachers
and its popularity grew.
In 1969, Black educators and students
at Kent State University were the first
to propose a "Black History Month.".
The following year, the university became the first to celebrate February as Black History Month.
The annual celebration
was first recognized by
a U.S. President in 1976.
President Gerald Ford called upon citizens to
"seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans ...".
Since then, February
has been designated by every
president as Black History Month
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Why Do We Celebrate, Presidents Day?.
1. , Presidents Day occurs on the
third Monday of February.
2, Originally, the holiday was meant to celebrate President George Washington's birthday. .
3. , In 1879, President Rutherford B. Hayes signed the observance of Washington's birthday into law.
4. , It was the first nationally recognized federal
bank holiday to celebrate the life of an American.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
was the second.
5. , In 1932, the holiday was used to reinstate the
Purple Heart, which was created by Washington
to honor wounded or killed soldiers.
6. , President Richard Nixon changed the date of the
celebration in 1971 under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.
The Act was an attempt to have more
federal holidays fall on Mondays.
7. , It also combined the celebration of Washington's birthday with Abraham Lincoln's birthday.
8. , By the 1980s, Americans began to refer to the holiday as "Presidents Day" because marketers used the terms to advertise sales over three-day weekends.
9, By the early 2000s, half of the U.S. changed the name to "Presidents Day" on their calendars.
10, Today, it is considered to be a patriotic day of celebrating presidents of the past and present
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This Day in History: , President Nixon
Refuses to Hand Over Tapes.
January 4, 1974.
The tapes were secret recordings that Nixon
had made of every conversation in the Oval Office.
Nixon aides, including White House counsel John Dean,
revealed knowledge of the tapes during grand jury
testimony about the Watergate break-in.
In 1972, members of Nixon's Committee to
Re-Elect the President broke into the
Democratic National Committee’s Watergate headquarters.
After a security guard on patrol of the
offices called police, the burglars were arrested.
Their arrest led to the unraveling
of the Watergate scandal.
The Senate Watergate Committee soon
subpoenaed Nixon's White House tapes.
His refusal to hand them over is widely considered
the beginning of the end of his presidency.
Nixon resigned eight months later
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