Marcenia “Toni Stone” Lyle Alberga (1931-1996) 1953: Became the first woman to play professional baseball Unable to play with the All American Girls Baseball League because of its “whites only” status, Stone joined the all-male Negro League. When she signed on to play second base with the Indianapolis Clowns, she became the first woman to play professional baseball. She appeared in 50 games in 1953 and hit a respectable .243.
Meet the extraordinary reluctant King of Calypso, Harry Belafonte. He’s been named by some as such because of the way he made Calypso music popular. His first album titled “Calypso” was number four on Billboard's "Top 100 Album". Harry is also the first Black to win an Emmy, with his first solo TV special Tonight with Belafonte. "You are really responsible for the world in which you live". Harry Belafonte http://www.thextraordinary.org/harry-belafonte
On This Day 1904: Mary McLeod Bethune opens her first school for African-American students in Daytona Beach, Florida. The school eventually became Bethune-Cookman University and Bethune went on to become an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.