On this day in Black history: First Black United States sheriff, blimp patent and more


On this day in Black history, February 20:

— In 1874, the Texas Senate confirmed the election of¬†Walter Moses Burton, the first Black elected sheriff in the United States.

— In 1900,¬†John F. Pickering¬†of¬†Gonaives, Haiti, was granted a patent for his improved version of the airship, which later became known as the blimp.¬†

— In 1929, author and playwright¬†Wallace Thurman¬†had his first play,¬†Harlem,¬†open at the Apollo Theatre and later featured on Broadway. It ran through May the same year and as of 2024, has had 93 performances.

—¬†Happy birthday to¬†Sidney Poitier,¬†Nancy Wilson,¬†Trevor Noah,¬†Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty,¬†Charles Barkley,¬†Anthony¬†“Chico” Bean¬†and¬†Stephon Marbury.

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