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On This Day in Black History: July 8


  • 1923 William Harrison Dillard, the only man to ever win Olympic gold medals in both the sprints and hurdles, was born.
  • 1924 DeHart Hubbard became the first African-American to win an Olympic gold medal, leaping 24 feet and 5½ inches in the broad jump.
  • 1943 Feminist, activist and administrator Faye Wattleton was born.
  • 1960 Eight days after independence, the Congolese Army mutinied against Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba’s government.
  • 1966  Prince Charles Ndizeye of Burundi deposed his father, Mwami Mwambutsa IV, and declared himself king, Mwami Ntare V. He was 19 years old. He was overthrown by Prime Minister Michael Micombero on November 28.
  • 1996 On the second day of presidential elections (which were rife with gross irregularities), Niger’s ruler, General Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara, dissolved the electoral commission and placed his four rival candidates under house arrest.
  • 2000 Venus Williams won the Wimbledon Tennis Championship, becoming the first black woman to win Wimbledon since tennis pioneer Althea Gibson in 1957 and 1958.
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