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July 17, 2012
| William Raspberry Passed Away

Newspaper columnist William Raspberry passed away on this date at the age of 76.


July 17, 2011
| Ethel Darden Passed Away

Elementary school teacher Ethel Darden passed away on this date at the age of 111.


July 17, 2010
| Dorothy Runner Passed Away

Civic volunteer Dorothy Runner passed away on this date at the age of 90.


July 17, 2010
| Helen McDowell Passed Away

Lodging entrepreneur and high school english teacher Helen McDowell passed away on this date at the age of 106.


July 17, 1984
| 1980s Study Published on Income Gap

The Center for the Study of Social Policy, in Washington, D.C. suggests that despite the civil rights gains of the sixties, economic disparity between the races continues unabated. According to a study published, the income gap between white and black families remained virtually unchanged for twenty-five years.


July 17, 1967
| John Coltrane Dies

Jazz saxophonist John Coltrane died on this date in Long Island, New York. Coltrane recorded with jazz greats like Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk. Some of his albums include <I>Blue Train</I> and <I>A Love Supreme</I>.


July 17, 1961
| Michelle Boone is Born

City commissioner Michelle Boone was born on this date in Chicago, Illinois.


July 17, 1959
| Billie Holiday Dies

Jazz singer Billie Holiday died on this date in New York City. Some of her songs include <I>When a Woman Love a Man</I> and <I>Strange Fruit</I>.


July 17, 1953
| Jesse D. Locker Appointed U.S. Ambassador to Liberia

Jesse D. Locker was appointed the U.S. Ambassador to Liberia on this date.


July 17, 1948
| Veronica Claypool is Born

Stage manager Veronica Claypool was born on this date in Indianapolis, Indiana.


July 17, 1948
| Hattie Carwell is Born

Environmental scientist Hattie Carwell was born on this date in Brooklyn, New York.


July 17, 1948
| Cleo Parker Robinson is Born

Artistic director, choreographer, and dancer Cleo Parker Robinson was born on this date in Denver, Colorado.


July 17, 1944
| W. Frank Fountain is Born

Corporate executive W. Frank Fountain was born on this date in Brewton, Alabama.


July 17, 1942
| William T. Williams is Born

Painter and art professor William T. Williams was born on this date in Crosscreek, North Carolina.


July 17, 1941
| James Stith is Born

Physicist, academic administrator, and colonel (ret.) James Stith was born on this date in Alberta, Virginia.


July 17, 1939
| Lawrence Guyot is Born

City government employee and civil rights activist Lawrence Guyot was born on this date in Pass Christian, Mississippi.


July 17, 1935
| Diahann Carroll is Born

Film actress and singer Diahann Carroll was born on this date in New York, New York.


July 17, 1930
| A. Grace Lee Mims is Born

Radio host and vocalist A. Grace Lee Mims was born on this date in Snow Hill, Alabama.


July 17, 1915
| William Layton is Born

Historian William Layton was born on this date in Hanover, Virginia.


July 17, 1903
| Dan McClelland Throws a No-Hitter

Dan McClelland of the Cuban X-Giants throws a no-hitter against the New York Giants, becoming the first African American to pitch one.