On This Day in Black History: October 23
1783
Virginia emancipated slaves who fought for independence during the Revolutionary War.
1790
Three hundred mulattos rebelled briefly in Saint Domingue. The rebels were arrested and the leaders were executed.
1865
George William Gordon was executed, despite a lack of evidence, for his alleged part in the Morant Bay rebellion in Jamaica.
1911
The Committee on Urban Conditions Among Negroes (founded in 1910) merged with the Committee for the Improvement of Industrial Conditions Among Negroes in New York (founded in 1906) and the National League for the Protection of Colored Women (founded in 1905) to form the National League on Urban Conditions Among Negroes. The name was later changed to the National Urban League, as it is known today.
1940
Afro-Brazilian soccer great Pelé was born.
1945
Jackie Robinson signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
1947
The NAACP presented its petition on racism, "An Appeal to the World," to the United Nations.
1951
In New York, the NAACP picketed the Stork Club in support of Josephine Baker, who was refused service because of her race.
1958
During the Springhill, Nova Scotia mine disaster, Maurice Ruddick sang, told jokes and did anything to keep spirits high and boost morale when he and six other miners were trapped in 4,000 meters underground for nine days.
1962
The FBI began their investigation of Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) for communist ties.
1989
Charles Stuart, a white man, claimed that he and his pregnant wife had been shot by a black robber in Boston; Carol Stuart and her prematurely delivered baby died. Subsequently, in a bizarre series of events, Stuart was implicated in the shootings—his brother revealed that Charles asked him to kill Carol weeks before the incident, and later Charles leaped to his death from a Boston bridge.
2001
African leaders gathered in Nigeria for the formal launch of the New Africa Initiative, aimed at reviving ailing their economies.
2002
The Nigerian government rejected the World Court ruling that granted possession of the disputed oil-rich Bakassi peninsula to Cameroon.

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