Real estate lawyer and civil rights activist Margaret Bush Wilson passes away on this date at the age of 90.
Former Negro League Baseball player Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe passes away in Chicago.
Negro League Baseball Player Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe dies.
A routine traffic stop escalates to police brutality in the predominantly black neighborhood of Watts, Los Angeles, providing the spark for years of racial tension. More than five days of rioting leave about thirty-five dead, nine hundred injured, thirty-five hundred arrested and property losses worth more than $225 million. The riots become known as the most serious racial disturbance in American history.
Songwriter Kenneth Gamble is born in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
Honorable David Coar, a federal judge within the District Court of Illinois, is born in Birmingham, Alabama.
Radio and television commentator Carl T. Rowan was born on this date in Ravenscroft, Tennessee. Rowan served as head of the U.S. Information Agency from 1964-65.
Author Alex Haley was born on this date in Ithaca, New York. Haley is best known for his books, <I>The Autobiography of Malcolm X</I> and <I>Roots</I>.