1948- Operatic Soprano Kathleen Battle was born in Portsmouth, Ohio. Battle has been awarded 5 Grammys for her vocal performances.
1959- Famous Basketball player and philanthropist Irving “Magic” Johnson was born in Lansing, Michigan. Johnson went on to become an HIV activist after he announced his diagnosis in 1991.
1938- U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Waters is the representative of California’s 43rd district.
1972- Methodist Church reverend and leader Philip Potter was named the general secretary of the World Council of Churches.
1984- Roberto Clemente, born in Puerto Rico of Black and Hispanic heritage, was the second baseball player to be featured on a stamp.
1962- Civil Rights Activist James Meredith became the first African American person admitted to the University of Mississippi.