Earl Lloyd became the first African-American to play in an NBA game on Oct. 31, 1950.
Jackie Robinson breaks baseball color barrier with Brooklyn Dodgers contract on Oct. 30, 1945.
The Supreme Court orders immediate school desegregation on Oct. 29, 1969.
Bill Cosby makes a move to buy the television network NBC on Oct. 28, 1992.
The actress Ruby Dee was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on Oct. 27, 1922.
Whitney Houston tops the Billboard Hot 100 with "Saving All My Love for You" on Oct. 26, 1985.