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"On This Date in Black History: A Calendar of Events"

This free, daily Black History facts website contains over 2,000 entries delivering Black History every day of the year searchable by date or keyword. The calendar features many major Black achievements and important dates in Black History including ideas, inventions, and leadership by Black people that have helped propel America to prominence and helped mankind world-wide.
April 18

Dr. Robert Clifton Weaver was named Director of the Office of Production Management section on this date in 1941. This office was assigned the task of integrating Blacks into the national defense program.

The Bandung Conference, composed of leaders of color from Africa and Asia, began in Indonesia on this date in 1955.

Bill Russell, NBA basketball legend, signed a contract on this date in 1966 and became the first Black in the NBA (or in any other professional sports league) to coach a predominately white team.

James Benton Parsons became Chief Judge of the Federal District Court in Chicago, IL, on this date in 1975-the first Black to hold this position.

The African nation of Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) gained its independence on this date in 1980.

Alice Walker, poet and activist, received the "Pulitzer Prize" in fiction for The Color Purple on this date in 1983.

Percy Lavon Julian, a pioneer synthesizer of cortisone drugs and holder of more than 138 chemical patents, died on this date in 1975.

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