Historic Events by Name

  • Sun, 1813-04-18

    On this date in 1813, James McCune Smith was born. He was an African American physician and abolitionist.

    From New York City, he...

  • Mon, 1881-04-18

    Noble Johnson was born on this date in 1881. He was a nineteenth century African American actor and producer.

    From Marshall, MO. Johnson...

  • Mon, 1904-04-18

    On this date we mark the birth of Pigmeat Markham in 1904. He was an African American comedian.

    From Durham, North Carolina, Dewey...

  • Wed, 1906-04-18

    Little Brother” Montgomery was born on this date in 1906. He was an African American blues singer and pianist.

    From Kentwood, La,...

  • Wed, 1917-04-18

    Mamie Phipps Clark was born on this date in 1917. She was an African American educator (child psychology), community activist and administrator...

  • Tue, 1922-04-18

    On this date in 1922, Jack Johnson, the world's first African American heavyweight boxing champion, patented a wrench; (U. S. patent#1,413,121...

  • Fri, 1924-04-18

    Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown was born on this date in 1924. He was an African American musician.

    Born in Vinton, Louisiana and raised in...

  • Sat, 1925-04-18

    Bob Kaufman was born on this date in 1925. He was an African American poet.

    He was born Robert Garnell Kaufman in New Orleans, LA. He...

  • Wed, 1934-04-18

    George Shirley was born on this date in 1934. He is an African American concert vocalist, teacher, and lecturer.

    From Indianapolis, IN...

  • Tue, 1950-04-18

    On this date in 1950, the (then) Boston Braves baseball team integrated. Famed Cleveland Buckeyes star Sam Jethroe became their first Black...

  • Mon, 1966-04-18

    On this date in 1966, Bill Russell was named coach of the Boston Celtics basketball team.

    This appointment made him the first Black to...