1939- Grammy Award winning artist Tina Turner was born in Nutbush, Tennessee.
1957- Dorothy Heights was elected president of the National Council of Negro Women.
1961- Ernie Davis became the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy.
1955- Alice Childress became the first African American woman to receive an Obie Award for her play, “Trouble in Mind”.
1965- Judith Jamison made her debut with Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Theatre.
1940- Comedian and actor Richard Pryor was born in Peoria, Illinois, where his grandmother raised him.