October 24: This Day In History

The Great MigrationOctober 24, 2014 – Segment 1

Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the day the Department of Labor reporter 500,000 Blacks had left the South between 1922-1923, the birthday of The Big Bopper, and the day civil rights activist Rosa Parks passed away.


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1892 – In New Orleans, 25,000 Black workers strike
1923 – Department of Labor said some 500,000 Blacks had left the South in the preceding twelve months.
1929 – “Black Thursday” stock market crash on the New York Stock Exchange.1935 – Italy invaded Ethiopia. American Blacks held mass meetings of protest and raised funds for the Ethiopian defenders.

1935 – The first Black-authored play to become a long-run Broadway hit, Langston Hughes’ “Mulatto” opens, 1935

1943 – The Provisional Government of Free India formally declared war on Britain and the United States of America.

1947 – Walt Disney testifies before the House Un-American Activities Committee, naming Disney employees he believes to be communists.

1954 – Dwight D. Eisenhower pledges United States support to South Vietnam

1964 – Northern Rhodesia gains independence from the United Kingdom and becomes the Republic of Zambia (Southern Rhodesia remained a colony until the next year, with the Unilateral Declaration of Independence)

1973 – Yom Kippur War ends

1980 – The government of Poland legalizes the Solidarity trade union.

1990 – Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti reveals to the Italian parliament the existence of Gladio, the Italian “stay-behind” clandestine paramilitary NATO army, which was implicated in false flag terrorist attacks implicating communists and anarchists as part of the strategy of tension from the late 1960s to early 1980s.

2002 – Police arrest spree killers John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, ending the Beltway sniper attacks in the area around Washington, DC.

2008 – “Bloody Friday” saw many of the world’s stock exchanges experience the worst declines in their history, with drops of around 10% in most indices.


1891 – Rafael Trujillo, Dominican soldier and politician, 36th President of the Dominican Republic (d. 1961)

1904 – Moss Hart, American playwright and director (d. 1961)

1929 – George Crumb, American composer

1930 – The Big Bopper, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1959)

1932 – Adrian Mitchell, English poet (d. 2008) 1947 – Kevin Kline, American actor    1948 – Kweisi Mfume, American politician

1970 – Jeff Mangum, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Neutral Milk Hotel, The Olivia Tremor Control, Synthetic Flying Machine, and Major Organ and the Adding Machine)

1980 – Monica, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

1986 – Drake, Canadian actor and rapper


1852 – Daniel Webster, American lawyer and politician, 14th United States Secretary of State (b. 1782)

1972 – Jackie Robinson, American baseball player (b. 1919)

1991 – Gene Roddenberry, American screenwriter and producer, created Star Trek (b. 1921)

2005 – Rosa Parks, American activist (b. 1913)

Sources: The People History; This Day in Labor History; Wikipedia List of Historical Anniversaries; This Day in Women’s History; This Day in African History;History.com; History Orb; Yenoba; Selected Black Facts; Phil Konstantin’s North American Indian History; and This Day in Music