Tennis sensations, Venus and Serena Williams both won tournaments on this date in 1999, marking the first time in Women's Tennis Association (WTA) history that sisters won a championship final on the same date. Venus won in Oklahoma City, OK, and Serena won in Paris.
Debi Thomas, figure skater, became the first Black American to win a medal (Bronze) at the Winter Olympics on this date in 1988.
Jimmie Lee Jackson, civil rights activist, died of injuries inflicted by police officers in Marion, AL, on this date in 1965. Jackson was shot eight days earlier while defending his mother as their group was attacked while leaving a voting-rights meeting.
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William "Smokey" Robinson, legendary recording artist and lead singer of the "Miracles," was born on this date in 1940.
Casius Clay, boxing legend, changed his name to Muhammad Ali after converting to Islam on this date in 1964 immediately after winning his first heavyweight title (KO of Sonny Liston, round seven).
Lauryn Hill, hip-hop and R&B diva, won five Grammy Awards-the most ever by a woman-on this date in 1999. Hill, whose debut solo album was entitled "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill," received ten awards nominations.
John William King was found guilty in the dragging death of James Byrd, Jr., a 49-year-old Black pedestrian in Jasper, TX., on this date in 1999. King would later receive the death penalty for his crime. Two other white men (Shawn Berry, 24, and Lawrence Brewer, 31) awaited trial for ...
Julius "Dr. J." Erving, basketball legend, was born in Roosevelt, NY, on this date in 1950. During Erving's illustrious career in the ABA and NBA, he revolutionized the game with his high-flying antics, the "finger-roll," and the "slam-dunk."