Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Today In Black History

1898*
W. J. Ballow Combined Hatrack and Table Mar. 29, 1898 Patent No. 601,422


1918*

Singer Pearl Bailey was born in Newport News, Virginia.


1945*

Basketball legend Walt Frazier was born in Atlanta, Georgia. With his Rolls Royce car, flamboyant wardrobe that featured knee-length fur coats, and stylish fedora hats, Walt Frazier was the toast of New York City as a member of the Knicks from 1967 to 1977. On the court, Frazier was "super cool." His quick hands on defense combined with his calm, cool and collected demeanor on the court, earned him the nickname "Clyde." The cornerstone of the Knicks teams for a decade, Frazier first caught the attention of pro scouts while playing at Southern Illinois University. A Division II All-America in 1964 and 1965 and a Division I All-America in 1967, Frazier led the Salukis to the 1967 NIT championship and was named Tournament MVP. Frazier was the first-round choice of the Knicks in the 1967 NBA draft, and earned NBA All-Rookie honors. Frazier's smooth play electrified crowds at Madison Square Garden. His offensive repertoire was a blend of smooth drives to the bucket and mid-range jump shots that burned opponents for 15,581 points (18.9 ppg) during his career. Even with an All-Star cast, Frazier led the Knicks in scoring five times. An adept passer, Frazier dished out 5,040 assists during his career (6.1 apg) and led the Knicks in assists 10 straight years. Many of those passes were directed to fellow Hall of Famers Willis Reed, Bill Bradley, Dave DeBusschere, Jerry Lucas and Earl "The Pearl" Monroe. Frazier, Reed, Bradley and DeBusschere copped the 1970 NBA title, and with the addition of Lucas and Monroe, 
the Knicks repeated in 1973.


1955*

Football star Earl Campbell was born in Tyler, Texas.


1959*

Barthelemy Boganda, President and founder of the Central African Republic, dies in a plane crash.


1968*

Students seized building at Bowie State College.


1981*

Death of Eric Williams (79), Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, in Port of Spain. Dr. Williams was also a historian and the author of the classic work, Capitalism and Slavery.


1999*
The beginning of a two trek to Tanzania by thousands of Rwandan refugees fleeing the violence in Burundi


1999*
On March 29, 1991 a UN programme to feed two million Angolans resumes after the Government lifts a three-month ban on deliveries.

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