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Hattie McDaniel Wins an Oscar Making History

On this day in 1940, American actress and singer Hattie McDaniel becomes the first African American to win an Academy Award. She took the Oscar…

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The Academy Awards Begin

On this day in 1935, Frank Capra’s “It Happened One Night” sweeps the top categories at the seventh Academy Awards held in the Biltmore Hotel,…

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James “Cool Papa” Bell and the Baseball Hall of Fame

On this day in 1974, James “Cool Papa” Bell was inducted in the the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Said to be the fastest man…

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George Gershwin and Modern Music

Rhapsody in Blue is performed live for the first time in New York City’s Aeolian Hall. The entire evening’s program, billed as an “Experiment In…

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The British Invasion – The Beatles

On this day in 1964, The Beatles make their first of three appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show, marking the opening salvo of the British…

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The Day the Music Died

On this day in 1959, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, together with their pilot Roger Peterson, perish in a violent…

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