February 3, 1948 Laura Wheeler Waring, educator and painter, died. Waring was born May 16, 1887 in Hartford, Connecticut. She graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. After graduating, she founded and taught in the art and music departments at the State Normal School at Cheyney (Cheyney University) for 30 years.
February 3, 1969 Eduardo Chivambo Mondlane, former President of the Mozambican Liberation Front (FRELIMO), was assassinated. Mondlane was born June 20, 1920 in Portuguese East Africa. In 1953, Mondlane earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and sociology from Oberlin College and later a doctorate in sociology from Northwestern University. After graduation, he became a United […]
February 2, 1999 Marie Van Brittan Brown, inventor of a closed circuit television security system, died. Brown was born October 30, 1922 in Queens, New York. On December 2, 1969 she received patent number 3,482,037 for a Closed Circuit Television Security System. The system used a motorized camera which slid up and down looking through […]
February 2, 2002 Claude Brown, writer and social commentator, died. Brown was born February 23, 1937 in New York City. At a young age, he became involved in truancy, stealing, alcohol consumption, and gang wars. After turning his life around, Brown graduated from Howard University in 1965 with a degree in government and business. That […]
February 1, 1894 James Price Johnson, pianist, composer, and one of the originators of the stride style of jazz piano playing, was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Johnson began playing professionally in 1912 and before he was twenty years old had gained a reputation as one of the premier ragtime pianist on the East […]
February 1, 1902 James Mercer Langston Hughes, poet, novelist and playwright, was born in Joplin, Missouri. Hughes began writing in high school where he wrote for the school newspaper, edited the yearbook, and wrote short stories, poetry, and dramatic plays. Hughes earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Langston University in 1929. Hughes signature poem, […]
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