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.

October 12, 2005
| C. DeLores Tucker Dies

Civil rights activist, C. DeLores Tucker dies on this date.


October 12, 1952
| Sheila Talton is Born

Technology executive Sheila Talton was born on this date in Cleveland, Ohio.


October 12, 1950
| Ronald McNair is Born

Astronaut Ronald McNair was born on this date in Lake City, South Carolina. McNair earned a Ph.D. in physics from M.I.T. and joined NASA several years later. He and all his crew members were killed during the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger in January of 1986.


October 12, 1943
| Joyce Ladner is Born

Sociologist and academic administrator Joyce Ladner was born on this date in Battles, Mississippi.


October 12, 1935
| William Raspberry is Born

Newspaper columnist William Raspberry was born on this date in Okolona, Mississippi.


October 12, 1932
| Dick Gregory is Born

Comedian, author, and social and civil rights activist Dick Gregory was born on this date in St. Louis, Missouri. Gregory made several television appearances performing his stand-up routine, including The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Gregory basically gave up his comedy career and became a civil rights activist and nutritionist. He introduced the Slim-Safe Bahamian diet in 1987. Gregory has also written several books including No More Lies and Nigger: An Autobiography.


October 12, 1932
| Dick Gregory is Born

Social activist and comedian Dick Gregory was born on this date in St. Louis, Missouri.


October 12, 1927
| Reverend Dr. Latta Thomas is Born

Philosophy and religion professor and chaplain Reverend Dr. Latta Thomas was born on this date in Union, South Carolina.


October 12, 1908
| Ann Petry is Born

Author Ann Petry was born on this date in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. Some of Petry's literary works include Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad and The Street.


October 12, 1903
| W. Montague Cobb is Born

Physician and educator W. Montague Cobb was born on this date in Washington, D.C.