1970- Arthur Ashe, the first Black male to win Wimbledon, was denied entry to compete for the U.S. Team in the South African Open due to South Africa’s racial policies.
1954- Iconic talk show host, actress, filmmaker and billionaire Oprah Winfrey was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi.
1965- Major League Baseball Player Leroy Paige was named all-time outstanding player by National Baseball Congress.
1963- James Baldwin’s influential collection of essays “The Fire Next Time” was published.
1974- Popular Black sitcom “Good Times” premiered on CBS.
1914- Sculptor William Artis was born in Washington, D.C. Artis was best known for his sensitive portrayal of Black male subjects in his work.