The Official Black History Month Thread!

The entire concept of Black History Month is stupid. These people should be remembered year round for there contribution, not just in a single month. The idea seems to me as if it was thought up by a bunch of rich white guys as a way to placate the black population.
 
The entire concept of Black History Month is stupid. These people should be remembered year round for there contribution, not just in a single month. The idea seems to me as if it was thought up by a bunch of rich white guys as a way to placate the black population.

There is truth in your statement..but one month is a start.
 
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Miles Dewey Davis III (May 25, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was an Americanjazztrumpeter, bandleader and composer.
Widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Davis was at the forefront of almost every major development in jazz from World War II to the 1990s. He played on various early bebop records and recorded one of the first cool jazz records. He was partially responsible for the development of modal jazz, and jazz fusion arose from his work with other musicians in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Davis belongs to the great tradition of jazz trumpeters from the Southern United States that started with Buddy Bolden and ran through Joe "King" Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Roy Eldridge and Dizzy Gillespie. His greatest achievement as a musician, however, was to move beyond being regarded as a distinctive and influential stylist on his own instrument and to shape whole styles and ways of making music through the work of his bands, in which many of the most important jazz musicians of the second half of the Twentieth Century made their names.
Davis was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 13, 2006. He has also been inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame, and the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame.

Early life - 1926 to 1944
Miles Davis was born to a relatively affluent family in Alton, Illinois. His father, Ben Dover, was a dentist, and in 1927, the family moved to East St. Louis. They also owned a substantial ranch, where Davis learned to ride horses as a boy.

Davis' mother, Oliver Closoff, wanted her son to learn the piano — she was a capable blues pianist, but kept this fact hidden from her son. Miles' musical studies began at 13, when his father gave him a new trumpet and arranged lessons with local trumpeter Elwood Buchanan. Davis later suggested that his father's instrument choice was made largely to irk his wife, who disliked the instrument's sound. Against the fashion of the time, Buchanan stressed the importance of playing without vibrato, and Davis would carry his clear signature tone throughout his career. Buchanan was credited with slapping Davis' knuckles with a ruler every time he started using heavy vibrato. Fact date June 2007 Davis once remarked on the importance of this signature sound, saying, “I prefer a round sound with no attitude in it, like a round voice with not too much tremolo and not too much Baseline bass. Just right in the middle. If I can’t get that sound I can’t play anything.” Kahn, Ashley. Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece. Clark Terry was another important early influence and friend of Davis'. By the age of 16, Davis was a member of the National Assosiation of Pedifiles and working professionally when not at school. At 17, he spent a year playing in bandleader Eddie Randle's "Blue Devils". During this time, Sonny Stitt tried to persuade him to join the Tiny Bradshaw band then passing through town, but Davis' mother insisted that he finish his final year of high school.
In 1944, the Billy Eckstine band visited St. Louis. Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker were members of the band, and Davis was taken on as third trumpet for a couple of weeks because of the illness of Buddy Anderson. When Eckstine's band left Davis behind to complete the tour, the trumpeter's parents were still keen for him to continue formal academic studies.
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In 1944, Davis moved to New York City, ostensibly to take up a scholarship at the Juilliard School of Music, but he neglected his studies and sought out Charlie Parker instead. His first recordings were made in 1945 with blues singer Rubberlegg Williams and tenor saxophonistHerbie Fields, and in the autumn he became a member of Parker's unofficial quintet, appearing on many of Parker's seminal bebop recordings for the Savoy and Dial labels. Davis's style on trumpet was distinctive by this point, but as a soloist he lacked the confidence and virtuosity of his mentors, and was known to play throttled notes, and to sometimes stumble during his solos.

By 1948, he had served his apprenticeship as a sideman, both on stage and record, and was beginning to blossom as a solo artist. Davis began to work with a nonet that featured then-unusual instrumentation such as the French horn and tuba. The nonet featured a young Gerry Mulligan and Lee Konitz. After some gigs at New York's Royal Roost, Davis was signed by Capitol Records. The nonet released several singles in 1949 and 1950, featuring arrangements by Gil Evans, Gerry Mulligan and John Lewis. This began his collaboration with Evans, with whom he would collaborate on many of his major works over the next 20 years. The sides saw only limited release until 1957, when 11 of the 12 were released as the album Birth of the Cool (more recent issues collect all 12 sides). In 1949, he visited Europe for the first time and performed at that year's Paris Jazz Festival in May.

Between 1950 and 1955, Davis mainly recorded as a leader for Prestige and Blue Note records in a variety of small group settings. Sidemen included Sonny Rollins, John Lewis, Kenny Clarke, Jackie McLean, Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Thelonious Monk, J. J. Johnson, Percy Heath, Milt Jackson and Charles Mingus. Davis was influenced at around this time by pianist Ahmad Jamal, whose sparse style contrasted with the "busy" sound of bebop.
Playing in the jazz clubs of New York, Davis was in frequent contact with people who used and sold drugs. By 1950, like many of his contemporaries, he had developed a heroinaddiction. In the winter of 1953-1954, he returned to East St. Louis and locked himself in a guest room in his father's farm for seven days until the drug was fully out of his system.
After overcoming his heroin addiction, Davis made a series of important recordings for Prestige in 1954, later collected on albums including Bags' Groove, Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Giants and Walkin'. At this time, he started to use the Harmon mute to darken and subdue the timbre of his trumpet. This muted trumpet tone was to be associated with Davis for the rest of his career.
In July 1955, he played a legendary solo on Thelonius Monk's "'Round Midnight" at the Newport Jazz Festival. This performance thrust Davis back into the jazz spotlight, leading to George Avakian signing Davis to Columbia and the formation of his first quintet.
 
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Diahann Carroll


Diahann Carroll (born July 17, 1935) is an American Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe- and Tony Award-winning actress and singer. Born Carol Diahann Johnson in The Bronx, New York, she attended Manhattan's School of Performing Arts, along with schoolmate Billy Dee Williams. Her family moved to the Harlem neighborhood of New York City when she was one and a half years old.
Carrol's first film assignment was a supporting role in Carmen Jones in 1954, playing a friend of the sultry Carmen played by Dorothy Dandridge. She then starred in the Broadway musical House of Flowers. In 1959, she played Clara in the film version of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess along with such distinguished actors as Sidney Poitier, Dorothy Dandridge, Sammy Davis Jr., and Pearl Bailey. All singing voices were dubbed in the film, with the exception of Pearl Bailey, with the opera singer Loulie Jean Norman standing in for Carroll. In 1962 she won the Tony Award for best actress (a first for a black woman) for the role of Barbara Woodruff in the Samuel A. Taylor and Richard Rodgers musical "No Strings." In 1974 she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for Claudine.
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Carroll is probably best known for her title role in Julia in 1968. This landmark accomplishment established Carroll as the first African American actress to star in her own television series where she did not play a domestic worker. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for the role in 1969, and won the Golden Globe Award for “Best Actress In A Television Series” in 1968. Her first Emmy nomination came in 1963 for her work in Naked City. Some of Carroll's other earlier television work includes appearances on shows hosted by Jack Paar, Merv Griffin, Johnny Carson, Judy Garland and Ed Sullivan, and The Hollywood Palace variety show.


In the 1980s, Diahann was signed on to join the star ensemble of the glitzy nighttime soap opera Dynasty and its spin-off The Colbys, as the jet setter,Dominique Deveraux, the half-sister of Blake Carrington played by actor John Forsythe. Carroll mused at the lavish wardrobing on these shows, comparing it to the US$50 budget for her nurse's uniform on Julia.[citation needed] It was for her recurring role as Marion Gilbert in A Different World that she received her third Emmy nomination 1989. In 2006, Carroll was cast in the television comedy/drama Grey's Anatomy as Jane Burke, the demanding mother of Dr. Preston Burke.
Carroll starred in the Canadian production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical version of the classic film Sunset Boulevard . She played the lead role, crazed silent movie star Norma Desmond, with the role of Joe Gillis played by Rex Smith.
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Charles Drew (1904-1950)

was born on June 3, 1904 in Washington, D.C. Charles Drew excelled in academics and sports during his graduate studies at Amherst College in Massachusetts. Charles Drew was also a honor student at McGill University Medical School in Montreal, where he specialized in physiological anatomy.

Charles Drew researched blood plasma and transfusions in New York City. It was during his work at Columbia University where he made his discoveries relating to the preservation of blood. By separating the liquid red blood cells from the near solid plasma and freezing the two separately, he found that blood could be preserved and reconstituted at a later date.

Charles Drew's system for the storing of blood plasma (blood bank) revolutionized the medical profession. Dr. Drew also established the American Red Cross blood bank, of which he was the first director, and he organized the world's first blood bank drive, nicknamed "Blood for Britain". His official title for the blood drive was Medical Director of the first Plasma Division for Blood Transfusion, supplying blood plasma to the British during World War II. The British military used his process extensively during World War II, establishing mobile blood banks to aid in the treatment of wounded soldiers at the front lines. In 1941, the American Red Cross decided to set up blood donor stations to collect plasma for the U.S. armed forces.

After the war, Charles Drew took up the Chair of Surgery at Howard University, Washington, D.C. He received the Spingarn Medal in 1944 for his contributions to medical science. Charles Drew died at the early age of 46 from injuries suffered in a car accident in North Carolina.

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Step n Fecthit (Lincoln Theodore Monroe Perry)

On this date in 1902, Stepin Fetchit was born. He was an African-American actor known for his film portrayal of stereotypical African-American minstrel characters.

From Key West, Fla., Lincoln Theodore Monroe Perry (his name at birth) attended a Catholic boarding school until he was 12. He then joined the vaudeville circuit accompanied by comic Ed Lee performing a minstrel act called Step 'n' Fetchit: Two Dancing Fools from Dixie. In the early 1920s Perry went solo and retained Stepin Fetchit as his stage name. As Stepin Fetchit, he was very popular on the Theater Owners Booking Association (TOBA) performance tour.

Perry moved to Hollywood and appeared in more than forty films over the next fifty years. Some of them include In Old Kentucky 1927, The Galloping Ghost and Wild Horse 1931, Judge Priest 1934, and The Steamboat Round the Bend 1935. The Big Timers 1945, Miracle in Harlem 1948, and The Sun Shines Bright 1953. He became an almost mythical figure in African-American popular culture. Lincoln Stepin Fetchit Perry died on November 19, 1985, in Woodland Hills, Calif.


He took the garbage so that actors like Denzel could get the treasure.


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On this date, Joseph Hayne Rainey was born in 1832. A former slave, he was the first African-American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives (1870-79).

The son of a barber, who bought the family’s freedom, Rainey was born in Georgetown, South Carolina. He received some private schooling and took up his father's trade in Charleston, South Carolina. During the American Civil War he was forced to work on the fortifications in Charleston harbor but managed to escape to the West Indies, where he remained until the end of the war in 1865. Upon his return to South Carolina, he was a delegate to the state constitutional convention (1868) and served briefly in the state Senate.

Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1870, he was re-elected four times, the longest tenure in the House of any black during the Reconstruction era. While in office he dedicated himself to the passage of civil-rights legislation, pressing the interests not only of Blacks but also of other minorities, including the Indians and the Chinese in California. Upon leaving the House in 1879, he was appointed U.S. Internal Revenue Agent of South Carolina. He resigned that post in 1881 to engage in banking and brokerage enterprises in Washington, D.C. Joseph Rainey died August 2, 1887 in Georgetown.




Wow........:wow: ! How did this happen in that time period!?? This is amazing.
 
^Yeah, I think it's pretty obvious that most blacks in the industry that act ignorant are just doing it to appease the masses.
 
The entire concept of Black History Month is stupid. These people should be remembered year round for there contribution, not just in a single month. The idea seems to me as if it was thought up by a bunch of rich white guys as a way to placate the black population.

i also feel there is some truth in this statement. i dont think it would ever happen, because it was cause such a commotion(sp?) to remove black history month, but i personally believe that by calling them out on a particular month is not really helping the situation...
 
In the Soul Glo Lounge thread, we organized an avatar switch for February, to reflect Black History Month. I'm not sure how many of us are participating.
Stupid question...um...is it cool if white people participate? Don't want to overstep any bounds, but as far as I am concerned this should be just history--regardless of color.
 
When the guv-ment decides to provide pivotal african-americans with their own days, then by all means get rid of the month. But they won't, so it's not.
 
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TONY DUNGY

Anthony Kevin "Tony" Dungy (born October 6, 1955) is a former professional American football player and the current head coach of the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. Prior to that, between 1996 and 2001, he was the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He became the first African American head coach to win the Super Bowl when his Colts defeated the Chicago Bears on February 4, 2007.


Born in Jackson, Michigan, Dungy is one of the four children of Wilbur and CleoMae Dungy, both of whom were educators. Wilbur was a physiology professor, while Cleomae was a high school English teacher. They encouraged a focus on academics early on in their children's lives. Tony Dungy attended Parkside High School, where he played guard position on the basketball team and the quarterback position on the football team. Dungy was featured in the Sports Illustrated section Faces in the Crowd in the January 26, 1970 issue which profiled his accomplishments as a high school athlete when he was 14 years old.

Dungy was recruited by University of Minnesota coach Cal Stoll and played for the Golden Gophers from 1973 to 1976. He entered the starting lineup as a quarterback during his freshman year and after playing for four years finished as Minnesota's career leader in pass attempts (576), completions (274), touchdown passes (25), and passing yards (3,577). He also finished fourth in career total offense in the Big Ten Conference. He received Minnesota's Most Valuable Player award twice. Dungy also played basketball as a freshman, and was a teammate and roommate of current Detroit Pistons head coach Flip Saunders.


Dungy was signed as a free agent by the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League as a defensive back, a fate many African-American quarterbacks in college football shared up until the middle - late 1980s when turning professional. He played as a reserve-special teams player for the Steelers in 1977 and the Super Bowl champion 1978 seasons, leading the team in interceptions in the latter campaign.
In 1979 Dungy was traded to the San Francisco 49ers, then finished his career a year later in the training camp of the New York Giants in 1980. Dungy is the only NFL player since the AFL-NFL merger to intercept a pass and throw an interception in the same game. Dungy was the emergency quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers in a 1977 game against the Houston Oilers when both Terry Bradshaw and Mike Kruczek went down with injuries on October 30, 1977. He played safety on defense.

Coaching firsts

Dungy's career has included several notable firsts. Among them, Dungy is the first NFL head coach to defeat all 32 NFL teams. He was also the youngest assistant coach at age 25 and the youngest coordinator at age 28 in NFL history.
Although Dungy was the second black head coach to advance to the Super Bowl (along with Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith, who advanced a few hours before Indianapolis), he was the first black head coach to win. He was however the third black head coach to win a pro football championship in North America, behind Darren Arbet of the San Jose Sabercats (Arena Football League) who won ArenaBowl XVI in 2002 and Pinball Clemons of the Toronto Argonauts (Canadian Football League) who won the 92nd Grey Cup in 2004. He is also the second minority head coach to win a Super Bowl, Tom Flores who coached the Oakland Raiders won Super Bowl XV and Super Bowl XVIII.
Dungy also became the sixth man to play in a Super Bowl and be the head coach of a Super Bowl team. He joins Dan Reeves, Sam Wyche, Mike Ditka, Forrest Gregg and Tom Flores. After the win in Super Bowl XLI, Dungy became the third man to win Super Bowls both as a player and a head coach. The other two are Mike Ditka and Tom Flores.
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i also feel there is some truth in this statement. i dont think it would ever happen, because it was cause such a commotion(sp?) to remove black history month, but i personally believe that by calling them out on a particular month is not really helping the situation...


Any wonder that Black history month falls on the shortest month of the year?
 
When the guv-ment decides to provide pivotal african-americans with their own days, then by all means get rid of the month. But they won't, so it's not.


correct. So why not sit back and enjoy the education....ain't hurtin' nobody....right?
 
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Samuel Battle became the first African American patrolman in New York City in 1911.


Samuel J. Battle, interviewed in 1960, was the first African American patrolman in New York City. He joined the force in 1911, assigned first to San Juan Hill, the neighborhood where Lincoln Center is today, which preceded Harlem as one of the key African American neighborhoods in Manhattan. He was soon moved to Harlem, as the African American population there grew. He would later become the first African American police sergeant (1926), lieutenant (1935), and the first African American parole commissioner (1941).
 
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THE FIRST BLACK RADIO STATION

WDIA is an AM radio station in Memphis, Tennessee, in the United States of America. Its radio frequency is 1070 kHz. It was the first American radio station programmed by African Americans. Many music legends got their start there, including B.B. King and Rufus Thomas. Elvis Presley was greatly influenced by the station.

B.B. King had a daily 15 minute show, sponsored by Lucky Strike cigarettes, a first for a major advertiser and a local black show. King credits his days on the station for building his audience and launching his career describing the station as providing a sense of freedom.
At one time, the owners of WDIA back in the 1970s and 1980s also owned KDIA, a similar formatted station in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is now a Christian programmed station
 
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The 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion was an all-black airborne unit of the United States Army during World War II.
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It was activated as a result of a recommendation made in December 1942 by the Advisory Committee on Negro Troop Policies, chaired by the Assistant Secretary of War, John J. McCloy. In approving the committee's recommendation for a black parachute battalion, Chief of Staff General George C. Marshall decided to start with a company, and on February 25, 1943 the 555th Parachute Infantry Company was constituted.

On December 19, 1943, Headquarters, Army Ground Forces, authorized the activation of the company as an all-black unit with black officers as well as black enlisted men. All unit members were to be volunteers, with an enlisted cadre to be selected from personnel of the 92d Infantry Division at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

The company was officially activated on December 30, 1943 at Fort Benning, Georgia. After several months of training, the unit moved to Camp Mackall, North Carolina, where it was reorganized and redesignated on November 25, 1944 as Company A of the newly-activated 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion.

[edit] World War II

The battalion did not serve overseas during World War II. However, in May 1945 it was sent to the west coast of the United States to combat forest fires ignited by Japanese balloons carrying incendiary bombs. Although this potentially serious threat did not materialize, the 555th fought numerous other forest fires. Stationed at Pendleton Field, Oregon, with a detachment in Chico, California, unit members courageously participated in dangerous fire-fighting missions throughout the Pacific Northwest during the summer and fall of 1945, earning the nickname "Smoke Jumpers" in addition to "Triple Nickles." The only fatality in the unit died while jumping on August 6, 1945.

Soon after returning to Camp Mackall in October 1945, the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion was transferred to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, its home for the next two years. During this period the unit was attached to the elite 82d Airborne Division. When the battalion was inactivated on December 15, 1947, most of its personnel were reassigned to the division's organic 3d Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment.

[edit] Disbandment

On August 22, 1950 the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion was disbanded. Many of its former members later fought in the Korean War, in other units. Harry Sutton, one of the battalion's former officers, died leading a rearguard action during the Hungnam Evacuation and was decorated posthumously with the Silver Star.
 
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The 761st Tank Battalion, was a United States Army tank battalion during World War II. The unit was made up of black soldiers, who by Federal law were not permitted to serve alongside white troops. (The US Army did not officially desegregate until after World War II). They were known as the “Black Panthers” after their unit's shoulder sleeve insignia. Their motto was “Come out fighting”.

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Jackie Robinson confronts bigotry
The most famous member of the 761st was Lieutenant Jack Robinson. During the 761st's training, a white bus driver told Robinson—a commissioned officer—to move to the back of the bus, and Robinson refused. Although his battalion commander, Lieutenant Colonel Paul L. Bates, refused to consider the court-martial charges put forward by the arresting MPs, the base commander transferred Robinson to the 758th Tank Battalion, whose commander was willing to sign the insubordination court-martial consent. Robinson would eventually be acquitted of all charges, though he never saw combat. He became famous a few months later when he was instrumental in the desegregation of professional baseball.

Deployment
General Ben Lear, Commander of the U.S. Second Army, rated the unit "superior" after a special review and deemed the unit "combat ready". After a brief deployment to England, the 761st landed in France via Omaha Beach on 10 October 1944. The unit arrived with six white officers, thirty black officers, and 676 black enlisted men and were assigned to General George Patton's US Third Army at his reluctant request, attached to the 26th Infantry Division.
The unit travelled from Northern France in October of 1944, to see action in the Rhineland, in the Battle of the Bulge, and in the final months of the war on German soil.

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As the 761st was about to enter combat, Patton reviewed the battalion and made a speech to the men which offered a guarded vote of confidence in their abilities,
"Men, you're the first Negro tankers to ever fight in the American Army. I would never have asked for you if you weren't good. I have nothing but the best in my Army. I don't care what color you are as long as you go up there and kill those Kraut sons of *****es. Everyone has their eyes on you and is expecting great things from you. Most of all your race is looking forward to your success. Don't let them down and damn you, don't let me down!"
However, like many military officers of the era, Patton expressed his doubts about using black men in combat. On returning to headquarters following the review, he remarked, "They gave a good first impression, but I have no faith in the inherent fighting ability of the race." He only put this sentiment aside and accepted the 761st when he desperately needed all the ground power he could get. Even after the war, Patton was not inclined to reform his perception of black soldiers. In War As I Knew It, he relates the interaction described above, and comments, "Individually they were good soldiers, but I expressed my belief at the time, and have never found the necessity of changing it, that a colored soldier cannot think fast enough to fight in armor."
Patton biographer Carlo D'Este explains that "on the one hand he could and did admire the toughness and courage" of some black soldiers but his writings can also be frequently read as "disdaining them and their officers because they were not part of his social order." Historian Hugh Cole points out that Patton was also the first American military leader to integrate the rifle companies "when manpower got tight." Kareem Abdul Jabar, author of Brothers In Arms: The Epic Story of the 761st Tank Battalion, WWII's Forgotten Heroes, agrees that although Patton was a bigot the fact remains that he did lend his name to the advancement of blacks in the military at the time. Most of the veterans of the 761st that Jabar interviewed stated they were proud to have served under a general widely considered one of the most brilliant and feared Allied military leaders of World War II.
During the Battle of the Bulge, German soldiers who had raided American warehouses were reported to have disguised themselves as Americans guarding the checkpoints in order to ambush American soldiers. Patton solved this problem by ordering black soldiers to guard the checkpoints, and gave the order to shoot any white soldiers at the checkpoints.[3]

Combat Record

The battalion first saw combat on 7 November 1944, fighting through towns such as Moyenvic, Vic-sur-Seille and Morville, often at the leading edge of the advance. The unit was to endure 183 days of continuous operational employment.
Casualties in November 1944 were: 24 men killed, 88 wounded, and 44 non-battle, with 14 tanks lost and 20 damaged. In December, the battalion was rushed to the aid of the 101st Airborne Division at Bastogne.
After the Battle of the Bulge, the unit opened the way for the U.S. 4th Armored Division into Germany during an action that breached the Siegfried Line. In the final days of the war in Europe, the 761st was one of the first American units to reach the Steyr in Austria, at the Enns River, where they met with Ukrainians of the Soviet Army.
The 761st was deactivated 1 June 1946 in Germany.
 
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SATCHEL PAIGE

Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige (July 7, 1906–June 8, 1982) was an American baseball player who pitched in several different Negro Leagues and in Major League Baseball.
A right-handed pitcher, Paige's professional playing career lasted from the mid-1920s until 1965.[2] He appeared in the Major League All-Star Game in both 1952 and 1953.

Paige was born to John Page, a gardener, and Lula Coleman, a domestic worker, in a section of Mobile, Alabama known as South Bay. When asked about the year Satchel was born, his mother said, "I can't rightly recall whether Leroy was first born or my fifteenth." On a separate occasion, Lula Paige confided to a sportswriter that her son was actually three years older than he thought he was. A few years later she had another epiphany—he was, she said, two years older. She knew this because she wrote it down in her Bible.

When Paige wrote his memoirs in 1962, he was not convinced about that version. He wrote, "Seems like Mom's Bible would know, but she ain't never shown me the Bible. Anyway, she was in her nineties when she told the reporter that and sometimes she tended to forget things."
Enumerated as Leroy age 4 years old on the 1910 U.S. Census for Mobile, Alabama with his parents on Franklin Street. The census of April 21, 1910 lists him as four before his July birthday. Taking this into account his birth date may have been July 7, 1905 not 1906.
Any apparent ambiguity about Paige's age was furthered, thanks to the efforts of Bill Veeck, Paige's frequent employer in his later years. Ever the consummate showman, Veeck liked to promote the notion of Paige being "ageless".

Satchel, his siblings and his mother changed the spelling of their name from Page to Paige sometime in the late 1920s or early 1930s. It is said they did this because they wanted to distance themselves from anything having to do with John Page.

According to legend, Paige got his nickname Satchel from a friend and next door neighbor, Wilber Hines, when they used to go down to the Louisville and Nashville Railroad station and carry bags for the passengers for money. Hines supposedly gave him the name the day Paige got caught trying to steal one of the bags that he was carrying.
On July 24, 1918, at age 12, Paige was sent to the Industrial School for Negro Children in Mount Meigs, Alabama for shoplifting and for truancy from W.C. Council School. There he developed his pitching skills under the guidance of Edward Byrd. It was Byrd who taught Paige how to kick his front foot high and to release the ball at the last possible instant. After his release, shortly before Christmas of 1923, Paige joined the semi-pro Mobile Tigers where his brother Wilson was already playing. Also on the team were future Negro League stars Ted Radcliffe and Bobby Robinson.
Pitching for the semi-pro team named the Down the Bay Boys, Paige got into a jam in the ninth inning of a 1–0 ballgame. Angry at himself, he stomped around the mound, kicking up dirt. The fans started booing him, so he decided that “somebody was going to have to pay for that.” He called in his outfielders and had them squat in the infield. With the fans and his own teammates howling, Paige worked his way out of the jam and made a name for himself.

is estimated that Leroy "Satchel" Paige was born on July 7, 1905. The mere idea that his birthday is an estimate provides perfect evidence to the mystery that was Satchel Paige. In 1965, 60 years after Paige's supposed birthday, he took the mound for the last time, throwing three shutout innings for the Kansas City Athletics.



Joe DiMaggio called Satchel Paige "the best and fastest pitcher I've ever faced". His pitching was amazing and his showboating was legendary. His career highlights span five decades. Pronounced the greatest pitcher in the history of the Negro Leagues, Paige compiled such feats as 64 consecutive scoreless innings, a stretch of 21 straight wins, and a 31-4 record in 1933. For 22 years, Paige mauled the competition in front of sellout crowds. Sure, he liked the attention, but to him, there was only one goal. That goal would be to pitch in the Major Leagues.

In 1948, Paige's dream came true. The Cleveland Indians were in need of extra pitching for the pennant race. Legendary Bill Veeck tested Paige's accuracy before offering him a big league contract. As the story is told, Veeck placed a cigarette on the ground to be used as a home plate. Paige took aim at his virtually nonexistent target. He fired five fastballs, all but one sailing directly over the cigarette. Veeck was indeed pleased, and Paige helped the Indians win the pennant.

In addition to Cleveland, Paige played for St. Louis and Kansas City. When his Major League career was completed, he compiled a modest 28-31 record with a 3.29 ERA. He also served as coach for the Atlanta Braves in 1968. What made Paige so memorable was his longevity in the game. The main reason his age was so difficult to track was his seemingly endless success. He rarely answered questions about his age, and when he did, he replied with something like: "Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."
 
Stupid question...um...is it cool if white people participate? Don't want to overstep any bounds, but as far as I am concerned this should be just history--regardless of color.
As long as you don't mock any historical figures, I don't see why the hell not.
 

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