BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Bernard Harris takes a historical walk in space, and Satchel Paige becomes the first African-American in the Baseball Hall of Fame. All this and more in today’s special edition of, “This Day in History”.
On this day in 1995, Bernard Harris became the first African-American to take a “spacewalk”. Harris was a mission specialist who has been to space on two different missions. His second one, STS-63, aboard the space shuttle Discovery, saw Harris make his history spacewalk.
On this day in 1944, the novelist Alice Walker was born in Eatonton, Georgia. Walker is best remembered for writing the National Book Award winning novel “The Color Purple” in 1982. And speaking of National Book Award winners, Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man” won the National Book Award for Fiction, on this day in 1953. Invisible Man addressed many issues facing African-Americans in the early 20th century.
On this day in 1971, Commissioner of Baseball Bowie Kuhn announced the first member of the newly created Negro wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame, Leroy “Satchel” Paige. Paige’s amazing near 40 year career saw him pitch in both the Negro Leagues and Major Leagues. He would win world championships in both.
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