In honor of Black History Month, we seek to share with you some momentous occurrences for African-Americans in decades past and years remembered.
On this day, February 16th, in black history:
In 1970, Joe Fraizer knocked out Jimmy Ellis and became world heavyweight champion. Born Joseph William Fraizer on January 12, 1944 and known as “Smokin’ Joe”, Fraizer is a former Olympic and World Heavyweight boxing champion.
He competed professionally from 1965 to 1976 and won the Olympic gold in 1964 against Tokyo. Fraizer has won 32 of his 37 fights, lost four, and held one tie. He had a brief boxing comeback in 1981.
In 1972, Wilt Chamberlain scored his 30,000th point, making him the first NBA player to reach that goal. Chamberlain was a professional basketball player for the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76rs, and the Los Angeles Lakers. He also played for the Harlem Globetrotters. At 7-feet and 1-inch, Chamberlain played the center position throughout his career and held numerous NBA All-time records.
In 1857, Frederick Douglass, a prominent orator and activist, was elected President of Freedman Bank and Trust.