March 17th in Black History
1865: Aaron Anderson awarded Navy’s Medal of Honor
1885: William F. Cosgrove patented the automatic stop plug for gas & oil pipes.
1891: West Virginia State College was founded.
1910: Civil rights leader Bayard Rustin was born.
1919: Nat King Cole was born
1933: Myrlie Evers Williams was born.
1938: Zola Taylor (Platters) born.
1941: Clarence Clemons was born.
1970: Jacob Lawrence became the first artist to receive the Spingarn Medal.
1979: Gloria Gaynor started a 4 week run at No. 1 with ‘I Will Survive’
1985: Patrick Ewing received the Naismith Award.
2006: Professor X passed away.
2007: 1st black captain of the Big Ten Conference Team, Homer E. Hearns, Jr. passed away.
2007: The unofficial mascot of the Dallas Cowboys, Wilford ‘Crazy Ray’ Jones passed away.