Social and civil rights activist Dorothy Height passes away on this date at the age of 98 in Washington, D.C. The former President of the National Council of Negro Women was called the godmother of the Civil Rights Movement in a statement by President Barack Obama.
Rapper Guru dies on this date at the age of 43.
Former executive director of the NAACP, Reverend Benjamin L. Hooks dies on this date in Memphis, Tennessee at the age of 85.
NBA legend Michael Jordan becomes the majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats on this date in Charlotte, North Carolina. Jordan was previously a minority owner in the NBA franchise. Bob Johnson sold the rights to the franchise to Jordan. The business deal was accepted by the NBA's Board of Governors. Jordan is first former player to be a majority owner of a NBA franchise in league history.
Comedienne, actress and talk show host Mo’Nique wins the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as “Mary Jones” in the film, Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire. She is the fourth African American woman to win this award (Hattie McDaniel, Whoopi Goldberg and Jennifer Hudson are the others).
Screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher wins the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film, Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire on this date in Hollywood, California. Fletcher is the first African American to win this award, as well as any writing award from the Academy.
Art collector and civic leader Paul R. Jones dies on this date in Atlanta, Georgia at the age of 81.
Auto sales entrepreneur Albert W. Johnson dies on this date in Chicago, Illinois at the age of 89.
R&B singer Teddy Pendergrass dies on this date in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the age of 59.
Radio personality Wesley South dies on this date in Chicago, Illinois at the age of 95. South was also part owner of Chicago radio station WVON.
Widow of Johnson Publishing founder, John H. Johnson, Eunice W. Johnson dies on this date in Chicago, Illinois at the age of 93. Johnson was the founder of the Ebony Fashion Fair.
President Barack Obama is announced as the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize on this date. He is the third U.S. president to receive this honor while in office (fourth overall).
Sports icon Michael Jordan is inducted into Pro Basketball's Hall of Fame on this date in Springfield, Massachusetts. Jordan is inducted along with women's college basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer, fellow Olympic "Dream Team" teammates David Robinson and John Stockton and NBA coach and former player Jerry Sloan.
Former NFL referee Burl Toler, Sr. dies on this date in California at the age of 81.
Jamaican track and field star Usain Bolt breaks his own 100 meter world record on this date at the Track and Field World Championship in Berlin, German with a time of 9.58 seconds.
Real estate lawyer and civil rights activist Margaret Bush Wilson passes away on this date at the age of 90.
Best-selling fiction writer, E. Lynn Harris dies on this date in California at the age of 54.
Real estate entrepreneur, author and historian Dempsey Travis dies on this date in Chicago, Illinois at the age of 89.
Entertainer Michael Jackson dies on this date in Los Angeles, California at the age of 50.