Day In History: December 23

Henry Highland GarnetDecember  23, 2013 – Segment 1

Marc shares some of what happened on this day in history, including the day Slovenia voted for independence from Yugoslavia, the birthday of minister, abolitionist, and diplomat Henry Highland Garnet, and the death of Eddie Hazel.


1979 – Soviet war in Afghanistan: Soviet Union forces occupy Kabul, the Afghan capital.

1990 – History of Slovenia: In a referendum, 88.5% of Slovenia’s overall electorate vote for independence from Yugoslavia.

1815 – Henry Highland Garnet born a slave. Henry Highland Garnet, minister, abolitionist and diplomat, born a slave in Kent County, Maryland

1867 – Madame C.J. Walker, born Sarah Breedlove on this day, starts a Black hair-care business in Denver, CO; she alters curling irons that were popularized by the French to suit the texture of Black women’s hair. She is arguably ther first woman millionaire in the U.S., and is the first Black millionairre in the US.

1908 – Adam Clayton Powell, Jr was born on this day.

1992 – Eddie Hazel, American guitarist (Funkadelic and Parliament) (b. 1950)

2007 – Oscar Peterson, Canadian pianist and composer (b. 1925)

1929 – Chet Baker, American trumpet player and singer (d. 1988)

1937 – Avi, American author

1941 – Tim Hardin, American singer-songwriter (d. 1980)

1944 – Wesley Clark, American general

Sources: The People HistoryWikipedia List of Historical AnniversariesThis Day in Women’s HistoryThis Day in Jewish HistoryThis Day in African History;History.comHistory OrbYenobaPhil Konstantin’s North American Indian History; and This Day in Music