Browse or search our African American History timeline. Events on the timeline include key moments in specific HistoryMaker's lives as well as important historical dates.

June 13, 2012
| John B. Clemmons, Sr. Passed Away

Professor John B. Clemmons, Sr. passed away on this date at the age of 100.


June 13, 1972
| Clyde McPhatter Dies

Singer Clyde McPhatter died of a heart attack on this date in Durham, North Carolina. McPhatter started his music career with the group the Dominoes. He left that group and co-founded the Drifters. They had hits like <I>Money Honey</I> and <I>Honey Love</I>. He also enjoyed a successful solo career. He was inducted into the Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.


June 13, 1967
| Marshall Nominated to the Supreme Court

U.S. Solicitor General Thurgood Marshall is nominated to become the first African American to sit on the bench of the U.S. Supreme Court.


June 13, 1955
| The Honorable Leah Ward Sears is Born

State supreme court judge The Honorable Leah Ward Sears was born on this date in Heidelberg, Germany.


June 13, 1953
| James Speed is Born

Insurance chief executive James Speed was born on this date in Oxford, North Carolina.


June 13, 1944
| Dr. Levi Watkins is Born

Medical professor and cardiac surgeon Dr. Levi Watkins was born on this date in Parsons, Kansas.


June 13, 1937
| Eleanor Holmes Norton is Born

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton was born on this date in Washington, D.C. Norton has represented the District of Columbia in Congress for seven terms. Also, President Jimmy Carter named her chairperson of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She was the first woman to hold that position.


June 13, 1931
| James Lowell Gibbs, Jr. is Born

Cultural anthropology professor James Lowell Gibbs, Jr. was born on this date in Syracuse, New York.