Weekend Black History Facts
Written by Tamara M. on 3 February 2018
We’ve got your black history facts every day, all month long. Here’s a few to get you through the weekend.
- On February 2, 1897, Alfred L. Cralle invented and patented the ice cream scoop at the age of 30.
- In 1915, Ernest Just, a science and academic writer and biologist, was named “Scientist of the Year” and won the first Spingarn Medal for his breakthrough research on cell division and fertilization.
- In 1989, Bill White became the first black person to be elected president of baseball’s National League.
- In 1995, Dr. Bernard Harris became the first black astronaut to walk in space.
Here’s what happened on this day, February 3:
- In 1886, The First Negro Baseball League was founded.
- In 1903, Jack Johnson became the first black heavyweight champion.
- In 1956, Autherine Lucy became the first black student to attend the University of Alabama.
- In 2005, NFL legend Emmitt Smith announced his retirement.
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