On this date of February 25th:
-1991 (22 years ago): Adrienne Mitchell (first African American woman to die in combat in the Persian Gulf War) is killed in her military barracks in Dharan, Saudi Arabia on this day.
-1989 (24 years ago): Boxer "Iron" Mike Tyson becomes the undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World by defeating challenger Frank Bruno of England on this day.
-1980 (33 years ago): Robert E. Hayden (1913-1980) who was a poet and poetry consultant to the Library of Congress, died on this day today.
-1978 (35 years ago): Death of Daniel "Chappie" James Jr. (1920-1978), a retired Air Force general and the first Black promoted to 4-star rank, at the Air Force Academy, CO on this day.
-1975 (38 years ago): Death of Elijah Muhammad (Elijah Poole; 1897-1975), leader of the Nation of Islam, in Chicago, IL . He was succeeded by his son, Wallace D. Muhammad.
-1964 (49 years ago): Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) becomes world heavyweight boxing champion on this day.
-1948 (65 years ago): Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was ordained as a Baptist minister on his day.
-1928 (85 yeras ago): "One-Man Show of Art by Negro, First of Kind Here, Opens Today," read the headline of a front-page article in The New York Times on this day. The article announced the opening of Archibald J. Motley, Jr's show at the New Gallery on Madison Avenue. This was the first time in History that an artist had made the front page of The New York Times and it was the second one-person show by an African-American artist (the first being Henry O. Tanner). African scenes, voodoo dances, and African-Americans at leisure were themes presented by the artist.
-1870 (143 years ago): Hirman R. Revels of Mississippi sworn in as first Black U.S. senator and first Black representative in Congress on this day.
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