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Floyd Patterson

04 January 1935 - Floyd Patterson   Thomas and Annabelle Patterson’s third child, Floyd Patterson was born on 4 January 1935, in North Carolina. Consisting of 13 members, the family was financially weak and Patterson grew up to be an antisocial child who could not read or write until the age of 11. However, he improved both, inside and outside the classroom when he joined the Wiltwyck School for Boys […]

todayJanuary 4, 2022 4

Black History

Aretha Franklin

03 January 1987 - Aretha Franklin is the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame   Aretha Franklin was an artist of passion, sophistication and command, whose recordings remain anthems that defined soul music. Long live the Queen.   Started out as a gospel singer this "Queen of Soul's" six-decade-long career has made Franklin one of the most influential and important voices in […]

todayJanuary 3, 2022 5

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Congress publishes the Tory Act

02 January 1776 - Congress publishes the Tory Act The Continental Congress publishes the “Tory Act” resolution on January 2, 1776, which describes how colonies should handle those Americans who remain loyal to the British and King George.   The act called on colonial committees to indoctrinate those “honest and well-meaning, but uninformed people” by enlightening them as to the “origin, nature and extent of the present controversy.” The Congress remained […]

todayJanuary 2, 2022 2

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Haitian Independence Proclaimed

01 January 1803 -Haitian independence proclaimed   Two months after his defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte’s colonial forces, Jean-Jacques Dessalines proclaims the independence of Saint-Domingue, renaming it Haiti after its original Arawak name.   In 1791, a revolt erupted on the French colony, and Toussaint Louverture, a formerly enslaved man, took control of the rebels. Gifted with natural military genius, Toussaint organized an effective guerrilla war against the island’s colonial population. He found able […]

todayJanuary 1, 2022 1

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Big Ben chimes broadcast at New Year for the first time

31 December 1923 - Big Ben Chimes broadcast at New Year for the First Time   The first time the chimes of Big Ben were heard outside of their immediate environment was on 31 December 1923, when the BBC broadcast them to the nation, heralding the New Year.   The engineers were not allowed inside the building so had to access the Clock Tower – which houses Big Ben and […]

todayDecember 31, 2021 3

Black History

Aesha Ash

30 December 1977 - Aesha Ash   Born in Rochester, New York, on 30 December 1977 to Costello and John Ash, Aesha Ash grew up in a strong, supportive working class family with two brothers, Spencer and Jonathan Ash.  From the age of five Ash took jazz and tap lessons.   At 13 years of age, past the time when most girls begin ballet lessons, Ash was accepted into what […]

todayDecember 30, 2021 4

Black History


29 December 2011 - Jamaica   In September 2011, Prime Minister Bruce Golding resigned. Goldings political standing never recovered after his handling of the Christopher Coke case. For nine months, Golding resisted a request from the United States to hand over Coke. His resignation was seen as an effort to help the Jamaica Labour Party, his party, in the upcoming general election.   Golding was replaced by Andrew Holness. However, […]

todayDecember 29, 2021 4

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First Commercial Movie Screened

28 December 1895 - First commercial movie screened   On 28 December 1895, the world’s first commercial movie screening takes place at the Grand Cafe in Paris. The film was made by Louis and Auguste Lumiere, two French brothers who developed a camera-projector called the Cinematographe. The Lumiere brothers unveiled their invention to the public in March 1895 with a brief film showing workers leaving the Lumiere factory. On 28 […]

todayDecember 28, 2021 3

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Radio City Music Hall Opens

27 December 1932 - Radio City Music Hall Opens At the height of the Great Depression, thousands turn out for the opening of Radio City Music Hall, a magnificent Art Deco theater in New York City. Radio City Music Hall was designed as a palace for the people, a place of beauty where ordinary people could see high-quality entertainment. Since its 1932 opening, more than 300 million people have gone to Radio […]

todayDecember 27, 2021 3

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