Black History Month Facts of the Day: Feb 15th
Black Enterprise Magazine Summer 2019 Issue


On every single day of Black History Month this February, we will provide you with a daily fact that occurred on the same day in a past year in history.

Today’s Black History Month facts focus on abolition and Nat King Cole.

– On this day in 1968, Henry Lewis becomes the first African American to lead a symphony orchestra in the United States.

– On this day in 1965, singer and pianist Nat King Cole died in Santa Monica, California.

– On this day in 1964, musician Louis Armstrong’s “Hello Dolly” becomes his first number one record.

– On this day in 1851, black abolitionists invaded a Boston courtroom and rescued a fugitive slave.

– On this day in 1804, New Jersey began to abolish slavery.