This Day in Quiztory



The weekday podcast featuring short narratives about significant events in African American history read by celebrities and influential community leaders.

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08.15_"Endless Love"

#OTD The song "Endless Love," a duet by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie, began a nine week run at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Aug 15
08.12_Arif S. Kinchen_Pioneer Ophelia DeVore

#OTD Ophelia DeVore, a pioneer in the modeling industry, was born in Edgefield, South Carolina. Actor Arif S. Kinchen narrates.

Aug 12
08.11_Flex Alexander_J. Rosamond Johnson

#OTD Activist and composer, J. Rosamond Johnson, known for composing the hymn "Lift Every Voice And Sing," was born in Jacksonville, Florida. Actor Flex Alexander narrates.

Aug 11
08.10_Happy 72nd Birthday, Patti Austin!

#OTD Recording artist Patti Austin was born in Harlem, NY. We celebrate her today on her 72nd birthday.

Aug 10
08.09_Super Bowl Champion Doug Williams

#OTD Doug Williams, the first black starting quarterback in the NFL to win a Super Bowl, was born in Zachary, Louisiana.

Aug 09
08.08_Inventor Richard Spikes

#OTD Inventor Richard Spikes received a patent for a horizontally swinging barber's chair.

Aug 08
08.05_Theologian James Cone

#OTD Theologian James Cone, known as the founder of black liberation theology, was born in Fordyce, Arkansas.

Aug 05
08.04_The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show

#OTD The late night talk show, The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show, premiered in syndication.

Aug 04
08.03_Happy Birthday, Spinderella!

#OTD Pioneering DJ Spinderella was born in Brooklyn, NY. Today we celebrate her on her 51st birthday.

Aug 03
08.02_Angell Conwell_Charles R. Drew Medical School

#OTD The Charles R. Drew Post Graduate Medical School, now known as the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, was established in Los Angeles, CA. Actress Angell Conwell narrates.

Aug 02
08.01_Taj George_Trailblazing Nurse Mary Eliza Mahoney

#OTD Mary Eliza Mahoney became the first African American licensed nurse in the United States. Recording artist Taj George narrates.

Aug 01
07.29_Reagan Gomez_Bethel AME Church

#OTD Philadelphia's Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church led by Richard Allen, now known as Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church, was dedicated. Actress Reagan Gomez narrates.

Jul 29
07.28_The 14th Amendment

#OTD The Fourteenth Amendment was ratified into the U.S. Constitution granting citizenship and its privileges to all people born or naturalized into the United States.

Jul 28
07.27_Chicago Race Riots

Today marks the first day of a major racial conflict in the city of Chicago, part of the infamous Red Summer, that lasted for several days.

Jul 27
07.26_Stephen Bishop_Singer Darlene Love

#OTD Singer Darlene Love, ranked among Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Singers of All Time, was born in Los Angeles, CA. Actor Stephen Bishop narrates.

Jul 26
07.25_Celebrating The Buffalo Soldiers

#OTD The Buffalo Soldier Monument was dedicated by General Colin L. Powell in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Jul 25
07.22_Rodney Perry_Trailblazing Judge Jane Bolin

#OTD Jane Bolin was appointed judge of the Domestic Relations Court in NYC making her the first African American female judge in the United States. Comedian Rodney Perry narrates.

Jul 22
07.21_National Association of Colored Women's Clubs

#OTD A merger between three established women's organizations formed to create the National Association of Colored Women's Clubs.

Jul 21
07.20_Damien Sneed_Scholar Ron Walters

#OTD Scholar and civil rights activist Ron Walters was born in Wichita, Kansas. Musician Damien Sneed celebrates his life and legacy.

Jul 20
07.19_Michael Beach_Magician Richard Potter

#OTD Illusionist Richard Potter, one of the country's first well known magicians, was born in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. Actor Michael Beach narrates.

Jul 19
07.18_Tony Borowiak_Hall of Fame Football Player Jim Parker

#OTD Hall of Fame football player Jim Parker passed away at the age of 71. Recording artist Tony Borowiak from the group All-4-One celebrates his career and legacy.

Jul 18
07.15_Johnny Gill_Earl Graves' High Honor

#OTD Black Enterprise founder Earl Graves, Sr. was awarded a Spingarn Medal, the NAACP's highest honor awarded for outstanding achievement by an African American. Recording artist Johnny Gill narrates.

Jul 15
07.14_Denmark Vesey's Foiled Revolt

#OTD The largest slave uprising, planned by Denmark Vesey, was scheduled to be carried out in Charleston, South Carolina.

Jul 14
07.13_NYC Riots To Protest Draft Legislation

#OTD Several days of rioting began in New York City to protest the draft during the Civil War.

Jul 13
07.12_Jamie Jones_Actress Beah Richards

#OTD Emmy Award winning actress Beah Richards was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Recording artist Jamie Jones celebrates her life and legacy.

Jul 12
07.11_Brandon Larkins_Writer Olaudah Equiano

#OTD Author and abolitionist Olaudah Equiano, who wrote about his experience as a slave and journey from Africa through the middle passage, purchased his freedom. Actor Brandon Larkins narrates.

Jul 11
07.08_Miguel Nuñez Jr_Bandleader Billy Eckstine

#OTD Jazz singer and bandleader Billy Eckstine was born in Pittsburgh, PA. Actor Miguel A. Nuñez narrates.

Jul 08
07.07_Cece Peniston_Prince's First #1 Single

#OTD Prince scored his first number one pop single with When Doves Cry from the album Purple Rain. Recording artist Cece Peniston narrates.

Jul 07
07.06_Denise Boutte_Happy Heavenly Birthday, Phyllis Hyman!

#OTD Recording artist Phyllis Hyman was born in Philadelphia, PA. Actress Denise Boutte celebrates the songstress on what would have been her 73rd birthday.

Jul 06
07.05_Damien Sneed_Hall Of Fame Left Fielder Rickey Henderson

#OTD Oakland A's left fielder Rickey Henderson hit lead off home runs in a double header versus the Cleveland Indians. Musician Damien Sneed narrates.

Jul 05