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Today is Monday, January 1st,  the first day of the year. There are 364

Grandmaster Flash

Grandmaster Flash

days remaining until the end of the year.

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES  National Bath Safety Month,

National Blood Donor Month, National Braille Literacy Month,

National Hobby Month, Hot Tea Month, National Oatmeal Month,

National Soup Month, Today is New Year’s Day!

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Grandmaster Flash, 60, legendary DJ

Morris Chestnut

Morris Chestnut

Sophie Okonedo, 50, actress

Morris Chestnut, 49, actor

DJ Shadow, 46, DJ/songwriter

Tank, 42, singer

Glen Davis, 32, basketball player

Jason Pierre-Paul, 29, football player

Eddie Lacy, 27, football player

Tank

Tank

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

Derrick Thomas, 51, Hall of Fame football player (d. 2000)

DEATHS

Shirley Chisholm, 2005, 1st Black Congresswoman/pres. candidate (b. 1924)

ON THIS DATE IN…

1622 – Papal Chancery adopts Jan 1 as beginning of the year (was Mar 25).

1808 – The slave trade is outlawed in the U.S.

Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm

1831 – William Lloyd Garrison publishes 1st issue of abolitionist journal.

1854 – Lincoln University, a black college, chartered (Oxford, Penn).

1861 – President-elect of the United States Abraham Lincoln declares

slavery in Confederate states unlawful (US Civil War).

1863 – Emancipation Proclamation issued by Pres. Lincoln to free slaves

in confederate states.

1897 – 1st football game between black colleges-Atlanta U 10, Tuskegee 0.

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

1926 – 1st issue of “Journal of Negro History” published

1943 – Negro League star Josh Gibson suffers a nervous breakdown

1970 – Afro-American Historical Calendar Series Established

1977 – Tony Dorsett runs for record 202 yards in the Sugar Bowl

1978 – “Your Arm’s Too Short…” closes at Lyceum NYC after 429

performances.

1990 – David Dinkins sworn in as 1st African American mayor of

New York City.

HOROSCOPE

Being a Capricorn born on January 1st, your personality is characterized by a charming and creative nature. Although you are very hardworking, you greatly enjoy the social setting. In your dealings you are warm, witty and enthusiastic, which explains why you have so many close friends. Your whit reflects your overall gifts for creativity. Your quick, creative mind is especially impressive in problem solving situations, as you have been known to find ingenious ways to overcome challenges.

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Today is Sunday, December 31st, the 365th day of the year.  It is the last

Gabby Douglas

Gabby Douglas

day of the year.

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES  Bingo Month,

Write a Friend Month, Make Up Your Mind Day,

Unlucky Day, Today is New Year’s Eve

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Tyrone Corbin, 55, basketball player/coach

Lance Riddick, 55, actor

Donna Summer

Donna Summer

Bryon Russell, 47, basketball player

Jason Campbell, 36, football player

Gabby Douglas, 22, gymnast

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

Selma Burke, 117, sculptor (d. 1995)

Rosalind Cash, 79, actress (d. 1995)

Donna Summer, 69, singer (d. 2012)

Woodrow "Woody" Strode

Woodrow “Woody” Strode

DEATHS

Roberto Clemente, 1972, baseball player (b. 1936)

Lloyd Haynes, 1986, actor (b. 1932)

Woodrow “Woody” Strode, 1994, actor (b. 1906)

James Avery, 2013, actor (b. 1945)

ON THIS DATE IN…

1783 – Import of African slaves banned by all of the Northern U.S. states.

1862 – Watch Night, residents of Rochester, N.Y. joined Frederick

Lloyd Haynes

Lloyd Haynes

Douglass in anticipation of the Emancipation Proclamation.

1904 – The first New Year’s Eve celebration is held in Times Square, then known

as Longacre Square, in New York, New York.

1907 – For 1st time a ball drops at Times Square to signal new year.

1953 – Hulan Jack sworn in as Manhattan Borough president.

1967 – “The Ice Bowl”, Packers beat Cowboys 21-17 in NFL championship

game (-13°F).

James Avery

James Avery

1977 – “Bubbling Brown Sugar” closes at ANTA Theater NYC after

766 performances.

1984 – The first nationally broadcast telethon for the United Negro College Fund

raises $14.1 million.

1988 – “The Fog Bowl”, a heavy, dense fog rolled over Soldier Field in Chicago

during the second quarter of the Bears/Eagles NFC Divisional Playoff Game,

cutting visibility to about 15-20 yards for the rest of the game (Bears win 20-12).

1995 – “Paul Roebson” closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 14 performances.

HOROSCOPE 

As a Capricorn born on December 31st, your personality is defined by its hardworking, charming and creative qualities. Like all Capricorns, you show great determination in efforts that you feel to be worthwhile. This quality is paired well with the creativity and enthusiasm that you display in all aspects of your life. You are quite social and others value your witty and warm personality. Throughout your life you have noticed that people actively seek out your company. You would be surprised to know how many of your friends genuinely appreciate your loyalty and attention.

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Today is Saturday, December 30th, the 364th day of the year. There is 1

Sheryl Lee Ralph

Sheryl Lee Ralph

day remaining until the end of the year.

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES  Bingo Month,

Write a Friend Month, National Bicarbonate of

Soda Day

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Mel Renfro, 76, Hall of Fame football player

Tyrese

Tyrese

Sheryl Lee Ralph, 61, actress (Moesia, Designing Women)

Daniel Sunjata, 46, actor

Eldrick ‘Tiger’ Woods, 42, golfer

Tyrese, 39, singer/actor

Laila Ali, 40. boxer

Kenyon Martin, 40, basketball player

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods

LeBron James, 33, basketball player

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

Bo Diddley, 89, rock `n’ roll pioneer (d. 2008)

DEATHS

Sonny Liston, 1970, boxer (b. 1922)

Johnny Moore, 1998, singer (The Drifters) (b. 1934)

ON THIS DATE IN…

LeBron James

LeBron James

1800 – Blacks represent 20% of U.S. population.

1892 – Dr. Miles V. Lynk, physician, publishes 1st Black medical journal.

1952- Tuskegee Inst. reports 1952 as 1st yr in 71 with no lynchings in U.S.

1972 – Pres. Nixon halts bombing of North Vietnam & announces peace talks.

1989 – 10th United Negro College Fund raises $12,000,000.

HOROSCOPE

Being a Capricorn born on December 30th, you are characterized by a hardworking, determined and patient personality. Its hard for you to relate to those with leisurely personalities, as you are always working to accomplish a new goal. When you find a task to be worthwhile, you will always put in the effort to complete it, regardless of how difficult or challenging it may be. While your friends and loved ones admire this quality greatly, they may be most impressed with your amazing patience. Even in the most frustrating and hectic situations, you always manage to keep a calm and composed demeanor.

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Today is Friday, December 29th,   the 363rd day of the year. There are 2

Mekhi Phifer

Mekhi Phifer

days remaining until the end of the year.

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES  Bingo Month,

Write a Friend Month, Pepper Pot Day

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Dallas Austin, 47, songwriter

Mr. Vegas, 43, singer

Tom Bradley

Tom Bradley

Mekhi Phifer, 43, actor

Latoya London, 39, singer

Eric Berry, 29, football player

Left Brain, 28, rapper

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

Tom Bradley, 100, politician (d. 1988)

Freddie Hubbard

Freddie Hubbard

Stanley Tookie Williams, 64, author/murderer (d. 2005)

Pimp C, 44, rapper (d. 2007)

DEATHS

Freddie Hubbard, 2008, jazz trumpet player (b. 1938)

ON THIS DATE IN…

1965 – “Thunderball” premieres in US.

1965 – Supremes release “My World is Empty Without You”.

Todd Bridges

Todd Bridges

1969 – NY Times reports Curt Flood will sue baseball & challenge the reserve clause.

1972 – Life magazine ceases publication.

1984 – 5th United Negro College Fund.

1991 – 12th United Negro College Fund.

1993 – Todd Bridges arrested for transporting methamphetamine (speed).

HOROSCOPE

As a Capricorn born on December 29, your patience and determination are amongst your most defining qualities. You rarely falter in the face of adversity, as you will work tirelessly to overcome any challenge or obstacle that you are confronted with. Your hardworking nature makes it hard to relate to those that take refuge in procrastination, but amazingly, you are still able to handle all of your life dealings with great patience. Your friends and family marvel at your ability to remain calm, even in the most seemingly frustrating situations.

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Today is Thursday, December 28th,  the 362nd day of the year. There are 3

Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols

days remaining until the end of the year.

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES  Bingo Month,

Write a Friend Month, Card Playing Day

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Nichelle Nichols, 85, actress

Charles Neville, 79, singer/saxophonist (Neville Brothers)

Lonnie Liston Smith, 77, jazz musician

S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson, 65, actress (Law and Order)

Denzel Washington, 63, actor

Gayle King, 63, talk show host

Everson Walls, 58, football player

Keith Lee, 55, basketball player

John Legend, 39, singer/musician

James Blake, 38, tennis player

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington

Rocko, 38, rapper

Cedric Benson, 35, football player

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

Earl Hines, 114, musician (d. 1983)

Roebuck “Pops” Staples, 102, singer (Staple Singers) (d. 2000)

Johnny Otis, 96, R & B musician (d. 2012)

DEATHS

Gayle King

Gayle King

ON THIS DATE IN…

1816 – The American Colonization Society organized.

1860 – Harriet Tubman arrives in Auburn, NY, on her last mission to free

slaves, evading capture for 8 years on the Underground Railroad.

1905 – Intercollegiate Athletic Association founded (becomes NCAA in 1910).

1928 – Last recording of Ma Rainey, “Mother of the Blues,” made.

1928 – Louis Armstrong makes 78 recording of “West End blues”.

John Legend

John Legend

1945 – Congress officially recognizes “Pledge of Allegiance”.

1958 – “The Greatest Game Ever Played”, Baltimore Colts beat New York

Giants 23-17 in the first every sudden-death overtime game in NFL history.

1975 – “The Hail Mary”, with 32 seconds left in the NFC Divisional Playoff

Game, Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach throws a desperate 50-yard

winning touchdown pass to Drew Pearson to defeat the Minnesota Vikings,

and the “Hail Mary” play is born.

Roebuck "Pops" Staples

Roebuck “Pops” Staples

1981 – The first American test-tube baby, Elizabeth Jordan Carr, is born in

Norfolk, Virginia.

1984 – TV soap “Edge of Night” ends 28 year run.

2000 – U.S. retail giant Montgomery Ward announces it is going out of

business after 128 years.

HOROSCOPE

Being a Capricorn born on December 28th, your personality is defined by your hardworking and patient nature. You have a hard time relating to people with their heads in the clouds, as you define yourself by an active pursuit of goals. If you find a task or challenge worthwhile, you will work until the job is done. While your friends and family admire your determination, it is your patience that is perhaps most appealing. You are highly sought after friend and companion, because of your ability to keep composure in any situation.

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Today is Wednesday, December 27th, the 361st day of the year. There are 4

John Amos

John Amos

days remaining until the end of the year.

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES  Bingo Month,

Write a Friend Month, Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day,

National Fruitcake Day

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

John Amos, 78, actor

Andre Tippett, 58, football player

Fred Hammond

Fred Hammond

Fred Hammond, 57, gospel singer

Teresa Randall, 53, actress

Lorenzo Neal, 47, football player

James Stewart, 46, football player

Jay Ellis, 36, actor

Jamaal Charles, 31, football player

Teresa Randall

Teresa Randall

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

DEATHS

Raymond Glenn, 1974, actor (Raisin in the Sun, Carmen Jones) (b. 1898)

ON THIS DATE IN…

1862 – African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church founded in New Bern,

North Carolina.

1887 – Stewart & Johnson patent metal bending machine.

Dr. Charles Drew

Dr. Charles Drew

1892 – N. C. Biddle beats Livingston 4-0 in 1st black college football game.

1941 – Dr. Charles Drew establishes a pioneer blood bank in New York City.

1956 – Segregation on buses is outlawed in Tallahassee, Fl.

1972 – “Purlie” opens at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 14 performances.

1974 – 40th Heisman Trophy Award: Archie Griffin, Ohio State (RB).

HOROSCOPE

As a Capricorn born on December 27th, your strong determination is as notable as your patience. While others get lost in procrastination, you are active and tireless in your pursuits. As long as you see the value in a challenge, you will always put in the work to be successful. Your family and friends admire your determined qualities, but they may have even more appreciation for your patience. You always seem to keep a calm head, even in the most frantic or frustrating situations.

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Today is TuesdayDecember 26th,  the 360th day of the year. There are five

Ozzie Smith

Ozzie Smith

days remaining until the end of the year.

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES  Bingo Month,

Write a Friend Month, Boxing Day, 1st day of

Kwaanza (Umoja)

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Chris Chambliss, 69, baseball player

Curtis Mayfield

Curtis Mayfield

Michael Jones, 67, singer/musician (B.T. Express)

Ozzie Smith, 63, Hall of Fame baseball player

Tony Brackens, 43, football player

Prodigy, 21, singer

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

Jean Toomer, 123, author (d. 1967)

Reggie White

Reggie White

DEATHS

Curtis Mayfield, 1999, singer/musician (b. 1942)

Reggie White, 2004, Hall of Fame football player (b. 1961)

Teena Marie, 2010, singer/composer (b. 1956)

ON THIS DATE IN…

1848 – William & Ellen Craft escape from slavery in Georgia.

Teena Marie

Teena Marie

1908 – Jack Johnson TKOs Tommy Burns in 14 for heavyweight boxing title,

becomes 1st black heavyweight champion.

1933 – FM radio is patented.

1966 – Maulana Karenga establishes Kwanzaa (1st fruits of harvest) holiday

1966 – Jimi Hendrix writes “Purple Haze” backstage at the Upper Cut Club.

1973 – Horror film “The Exorcist,” starring Linda Blair & rated X, premieres

Maulana Karenga

Maulana Karenga

– 1st horror film to be nominated for Best Picture.

1996 – Six-year-old beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey is found beaten and

strangled in the basement of her family’s home in Boulder, Colorado.

HOROSCOPE

Being a Capricorn born on December 26th, you are known for a hardworking, patient and determined personality. While others may be more intrigued by the theoretical, you take satisfaction from doing. When you feel a task is worthwhile or meaningful, you will work tirelessly to conquer it. Your friends and family admire your determination, but that also greatly appreciate your patience. Even in the most difficult situations, you find a way to maintain calmness and composure.

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Today is Monday, December 25th,  the 359th day of the year. There are 6

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

days remaining until the end of the year.  Today is Christmas Day!

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES  Bingo Month,

Write a Friend Month, National Pumpkin Pie Day

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

CCH Pounder, 65, actress

Rickey Henderson, 59, baseball player

CCH Pounder

CCH Pounder

Eric Gordon, 29, basketball Player

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

Cab Calloway, 110, singer/bandleader (Minnie the Moocha) (d. 1994)

McKinley Mitchell, 83, US gospel/singer (d. 1986)

O’Kelly Isley, 80, singer (Isley Brothers) (d. 1986)

DEATHS

Cab Calloway

Cab Calloway

Harry T. & Harriett V. Moore, 1951, Florida NAACP official (b. 1905)

Johnny Ace, 1954, singer (b. 1929)

James Brown, 2006, The Godfather of Soul (b. 1933)

Eartha Kitt, 2008, actress/singer (b. 1927)

ON THIS DATE IN…

1 – 1st Christmas, according to calendar-maker Dionysus Exiguus.

Harry & Harriet Moore

Harry & Harriet Moore

1760 – Jupiter Hammon, an African American slave, composes poetry broadside

“An Evening Thought” (1st poetry published by an African American).

1868 – Despite bitter opposition, President A. Johnson grants unconditional

pardon to all persons involved in Southern rebellion (Civil War).

1939 – Montgomery Ward introduces Rudolph the 9th reindeer.

1962 – “To Kill a Mockingbird”, the film adaptation on the novel by Harper Lee,

starring Gregory Peck, is released.

James Brown

James Brown

1983 – 1st live telecast of Christmas Parade at the EPCOT Centre, Disney

World Florida.

1990 – The first successful trial run of the system which would become the

World Wide Web.

HOROSCOPE

As a Capricorn born on December 25th, your patience and determination are amongst your most well known qualities. Although no one is immune to occasional frustrations, you attempt to be understanding and calm in all your dealings. Your family and friends often marvel at your ability to keep a cool head in even the most nerve racking situations. Similarly, you are quite determined in all aspects of your life. Whether it be your careers, education, friendships or intimate relations, you use your strong will to accomplish your goals.

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Today is Sunday, December 24th, the 358th day of the year. There are 7

Lee Daniels

Lee Daniels

days remaining until the end of the year and 1 day remaining until Christmas.

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES  Bingo Month,

Write a Friend Month, National Chocolate Day,

National Egg Nog Day, Today is Christmas Eve

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Grand L. Bush, 62, actor

Lee Daniels, 58, director

Hezekiah Walker

Hezekiah Walker

Hezekiah Walker, 55, gospel singer/songwriter

Michael Haynes, 52, football player

Winston Moss, 52, football player

Kim Kimble, 46, reality star

Nneka, 37, singer

Tim Jennings, 34, football player

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

Kim Kimble

Kim Kimble

Baby Dodds, 119, drummer (d. 1959)

DEATHS

ON THIS DATE IN…

1814 – Black troops hold position in Battle of New Orleans.

1818 – Christmas carol “Silent Night” composed by Franz Xaver Gruber is first sung

at St Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf, Austria.

1832 – 1st U.S. Negro hospital founded by whites chartered, Savannah, Georgia.

Lou Brock

Lou Brock

1865 – Several Confederate veterans form Ku Klux Klan in Pulaski, Tn.

1935 – National Council of Negro Women forms.

1973 – District of Columbia Home Rule Act is passed, allowing residents of

Washington, D.C. to elect their own local government.

1974 – Cardinals’ Lou Brock is named Sportsman of the Year.

1982 – Chaminade, with a student body of only 850 students, beats #1 ranked

Virginia 77-72 in a Honolulu holiday basketball classic.

HOROSCOPE

Being a Capricorn born on December 24th, you are extremely hardworking and determined. While others rather procrastinate and put off their work, you are focused on getting the job done as soon as possible. You are driven to be successful and will work tirelessly to accomplish any task that you feel to be worthwhile. You take the same determined nature into your friendships and family life. Your loved ones have always admired your determination and appreciated your loyalty.

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Today is Saturday, December 23rd,  the 358th day of the year. There are 8

Jerry Reynolds

Jerry Reynolds

days remaining until the end of the year and 2 days remaining until Christmas.

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES  Bingo Month,

Write a Friend Month, Roots Day

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Trisha Goodard, 59, talk show host

Jerry Reynolds, 54, basketball player

Madame C.J. Walker

Madame C.J. Walker

Lamar Lathon, 50, football player

Rodney Culver, 48, football player

Alge Crumpler, 40, football player

Andra Davis, 39, football player

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

Madam C. J. Walker, 150, 1st U.S. female self-made millionaire (d. 1919)

Eugene Record

Eugene Record

Eugene Record, 77, singer (Chi Lites) (d. 2005)

DEATHS

Eddie Hazel, 1992, guitarist (Funkadelic) (b. 1950)

Oscar Peterson, 2007, jazz pianist/composer (b. 1925)

ON THIS DATE IN…

1793 – Thomas Jefferson warned of slave revolts in West Indies.

Oscar Peterson

Oscar Peterson

1946 – Univ. of Tenn. refuses to play Duquesne Univ., because they may use a

black player in their basketball game.

1972 – “Immaculate Reception” Steelers turns around a 7-6 defeat with a last

second touchdown reception against Raiders to win 13-7.

1973 – “Young & Restless” premieres on TV.

HOROSCOPE

As a Capricorn born on December 23rd, your patience and determination define your personality. Although you may become frustrated with the absent-minded dreamers, you usually handle all social interactions with understanding and a mild temper. Your friends and family always marvel at your ability to keep a cool head, but they may be most impressed with your determination. Whenever you are met with a challenge you feel is worth while, there is no obstacle that keep you from conquering it.

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