This Day in Black History

This Day in Black History highlights historical events and groundbreaking achievements of African-Americans. Each day, BET.com presents a new historical fact and provides context for how these individuals and events influenced change. From the heroes of the Underground Railroad to the civil rights movement to the election of the country's first Black president, look back at how African-Americans have impacted the world.

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This Day in Black History: April 16, 1988

"Parents Just Don't Understand" lands on the R&B hit list.

This Day in Black History: April 15, 1947

Jackie Robinson helped to break the color barrier in major league baseball.

This Day in Black History: April 13, 1997

On April 13, 1997, Tiger Woods became the first person of color to win the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club.

This Day in Black History: April 12, 1940

Jazz Pianist Herbie Hancock was born on April 12, 1940.

This Day in Black History: April 11, 1980

Singer Barry White received an honorary degree from UCLA's Faculty Club in Recording Arts and Sciences on April 11, 1980.

This Day in Black History: April 10, 1972

On April 10, 1972, Sammy Davis Jr. became the first African-American to host the Academy Awards ceremony. Isaac Hayes became the first African-American to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song with "Theme From Shaft."
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