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 24, 1962

Patti LaBelle makes an accidental debut on the pop charts.

This Day in Black History: April 23, 1872

Charlotte E. Ray became the first African-American woman admitted to practice law in Washington, D.C., on April 23, 1872.

This Day in Black History: April 22, 1978

The song “On Broadway” by George Benson was released on April 22, 1978.

This Day in Black History: April 21, 2003

Nina Simone, the internationally acclaimed singer, pianist and composer, died on April 21, 2003.

This Day in Black History: April 20, 1986

Michael Jordan scored 63 points setting the NBA playoff record for most points on April 20, 1986.

This Day in Black History: April 19, 1989

The Central Park Five were falsely accused of rape and attempted murder.
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