This Day in Quiztory

This Day in Quiztory

The weekday podcast featuring short narratives about significant events in African American history read by celebrities and influential community leaders.

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June 29, 2022 1 min
#OTD Track and field standout Charles Dumas set a world record and became the first person to clear 7 feet in the high jump. Recording artist Johnny Gill narrates.
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#OTD Samuel J. Battle became the first African American officer hired by New York City's police department. Actress Logan Browning narrates.
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#OTD Patricia Roberts Harris, the first female African American Ambassador, was named chairperson of the Democratic National Convention Credentials Committee. Actor Aaron D. Spears narrates.
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June 24, 2022 40 sec
#OTD Educator and activist Mary McLeod Bethune joined the staff of National Youth Administration under president Franklin D. Roosevelt.
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#OTD Track and field star Wilma Rudolph, once considered the fastest woman in the world, was born in Saint Bethlehem, Tennessee. Recording artist David Roughin narrates.
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June 22, 2022 39 sec
#OTD Boxer Ezzard Charles defeated Jersey Joe Walcott to become the National Boxing Association heavyweight champion. Comedian Kyle Erby narrates.
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#OTD Politician Joseph H. Rainey, the first African American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, was born in Georgetown, South Carolina. Sports commentator Corey Williams narrates.
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#OTD Pioneering librarian and advocate of African American literature, Charlemae Hill Rollins was born in Yazoo City, Mississippi. Recording artist Jamie Jones narrates.
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#OTD Tennis phenom Venus Williams was born in Lynwood, CA. Recording artist Linda Clifford celebrates her on her 42nd birthday!
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#OTD Democratic politician Kenneth Gibson was elected the 36th mayor of Newark, New Jersey and the first African American to lead the city.
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#OTD Lawyer and activist Vernon E. Jordan was appointed executive director of the National Urban League. Actor Brian White shines a spotlight on his legacy.
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#OTD Pitcher Don Newcombe, winner of Rookie of the Year, MVP and a Cy Young Award, the first pitcher to win that combo of accolades in a career, was born in Madison, New Jersey. Actor Edwin Hodge narrates.
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June 13, 2022 1 min
#OTD Thurgood Marshall was nominated to the Supreme Court of the United States by President Lyndon B. Johnson, making him the first African American justice to serve on the high court.
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#OTD Actress Hattie McDaniel, the first African American to win an Academy Award, was born in Wichita, KS. Recording artist Deborah Cox narrates.
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June 9, 2022 58 sec
#OTD Boxer Larry Holmes defeated Ken Norton in a 15 round bout to become the WBC Heavyweight champion.
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#OTD The baseball world mourned the loss of hall of fame pitcher and Negro League legend, Satchel Paige. Recording artists Kenya narrates.
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#OTD Actress Gail Fisher won an Emmy for her role in the television series Mannix making her the first black female to take home the statue. Actor Thomas Q. Jones narrates.
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#OTD Lieutenant General Frank Petersen, the first African American Marine Corps aviator and general, enlisted in the United States Navy as a seaman apprentice.
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#OTD Outfielder Darryl Strawberry was selected as the first overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft by the New York Mets. Recording artist David Roughin narrates.
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#OTD Priest James Augustine Healy became the first black Bishop in the United States. Actor Tom Wright narrates.
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