On This Day in Black History: September 16
1795
The British captured Cape Town, South Africa.
1848
France finally abolished slavery in its colonies.
1859
British explorer David Livingstone was the first European to set eyes on Lake Nyasa, which forms Malawi's boundary with Tanzania and Mozambique.
1894
Celebrated Haitian painter Hector Hippolyte was born.
1915
Haiti became a U.S. protectorate.
1925
Blues guitarist B.B. (Blues Boy) King, considered to be one of the best blues musicians of all time, was born.
1928
A hurricane devastated the coast of Lake Okeechobee, Florida, causing one of the deadliest natural disasters in U.S. history. Approximately 75% of the victims were migrant workers, mostly African-American, who drowned along the north shore.
1933
The film Emperor Jones, with Paul Robeson in his first starring role, was released. It was the first film with African-Americans playing the lead roles with all the whites in supporting roles.
1959
General Charles de Gaulle, the president of France, issued a declaration in which he recognized the right of the Algerian people to self-determination and in which, in the name of France, he promised to offer them a free choice—within four years after the cessation of hostilities in Algeria—between secession from France, integration with France and a middle course of what might be termed federation with France.
1986
At least 177 people died during a lethal fire in the Kinross mine in the Eastern Transvaal, South Africa. Most of the miners succumbed to the toxic fumes at the places where they worked. South Africa's gold mines were notoriously dangerous workplaces for the country's mainly black miners, who were usually unskilled.
1990
The first multi-party elections in nearly thirty years begin in Gabon.

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Sundiata
Sundiata was the son of Nare Fa Maghan, king of the Mandingo, and Sogolon Conde. The union of Maghan and Sogolon was based on the prophecy that Sogolon would give Maghan a son who would be Mali's greatest king. More...


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Sunni Ali Ber
It was not until Sunni Ali Ber, a member of the Sunni dynasty, ascended to the throne in 1464, that the rulers of Gao looked beyond the confines of the Niger valley. In 28 years he turned the kingdom of Gao into the Songhai empire. More...

Queen Tiye
Born in Nubia, Queen Tiye was the Great Royal Wife of Amenhotep III, mother of Amenhotep IV (later known as Akenhaton), and mother-in-law of Nefertiti. Highly prestigious during the reign of both her husband and son, she exerted her influence as queen consort and queen mother of Egypt over a fifty-year period. More...

Dr. Keith Black
Born in 1957 in Tuskegee, Alabama, Dr. Keith Black is a world-renowned neurosurgeon and scientist. More...

African-American Astronauts
Guion S. Bluford became the first African-American to go into space in August 1983 aboard the Challenger. More...

Dr. Mae Jemison
Dr. Mae Jemison became the first African-American woman astronaut to participate in a NASA shuttle mission. More...

Dr. Christine M. Darden
Dr. Christine M. Darden has been one of the leading aerospace engineers at NASA's Langley Research Center. More...