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Racism

Banjoist and comedian Al Reeves' Famous Big Company plays the second of three nights at The Gaeity Theatre, Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA. The entertainment, a blackface minstrel show, is billed as featuring "20 White and 20 Black, headed by the celebrated Inez Mecusker".
Banjoist and comedian Al Reeves' Famous Big Company plays the second of three nights at The Gaeity Theatre, Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA. The entertainment, a blackface minstrel show, is billed as featuring "20 White and 20 Black, headed by the celebrated Inez Mecusker".
Uncle Tom's Cabin, a play with music, is presented at The Academy Of Music, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 88 performances.
Uncle Tom's Cabin, a play with music, is presented at The Academy Of Music, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 88 performances.
The Columbia Minstrel Co plays its final night of a run of shows at The Alhambra Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA.
Josephine Gassman And Her Pickaninnies play at The Chutes And Zoo, San Francisco, California, USA. Also onthe bill are The Gillen Family, Madeline Franks, Powers And Freed, Carroll The Whistler and The Samayoas.
The Trocadero Quartette present "Their black-face character creation - The Telephone Agent" during a week at Chase's Theatre, Washington DC, USA. Also on the bill are The Hungarian Gypsy Band, "comedy trick violinist" Chevriel and "The Dainty Singing And Dancing Comedienne" Kitty Fox Allen.
St. Patrick's Day Is A Bad Day For Coons, composed by Irving Jones, is given away with the music supplement of Hearst's Chicago American newspaper.
The Black Patti Troubadours play at The California Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA. The Black Patti is a popular nickname for African-American soprano Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones, who found the 'Black Patti' identity and the coon songs and minstrel tunes associated with it, extremely distasteful.
Primrose And Dockstader's Big Minstrels are playing atThe Victoria Theatre, New York City, USA.
Primrose And Dockstader's Minstrels are appearing at Hammerstein's Victoria Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA.
Singer and "coon impersonator" May Henderson plays the fourth night in a week of shows at The Empire, Brighton, Sussex, UK.
The Majestic Burlesquers plus Grace La Rue And Virginia lee And Their Musical Pickaninnies are appearing twice daily at Kernan's Theatre, Washington DC, USA.
The Majestic Burlesquers plus Grace La Rue And Virginia lee And Their Musical Pickaninnies are appearing twice daily at Kernan's Theatre, Washington DC, USA.
Character singer Lizzie B. Raymond, minstrel act Lew Hawkins, singing and dancing duo Lavender And Tomsom, novelty instrumentalists Mallory Bros And Brooks and banjo and xylophone Virtuoso Musical Thor are among the performers at The Columbia Theatre, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
Williams And Walker are starring in their musical show Sons Of Ham at The California Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA. (A popular song and dance duo, Bert Williams and George Walker are often cited as the first African-American superstars.)
"The inimitable coloured comedians" Williams And Walker present their musical comedy show Sons Of Ham for the second of three nights at The Marquam Grand Theatre, Portland, Oregon, USA.
The Elks Minstrel Carnival, including The Premier Floradora Sextette, The Famous Empire Quartette, Ollie Morosco, Hi Alden, Herbert Cornish, Eric Pollock, Al Levy, Dr. Barber and others, plays for one night only at The Los Angeles Theater, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Al G. Field's Greater Minstrels play at The Metropolitan Theatre, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
Blackface minstrel entertainer Lew Sully is appearing at The Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles, California, USA. Also on the bill is Mlle. Chester with her "$10,000 Statue Dog".
Male vocalist Silas Leachman records Must You Roll Dem Eyes?, The Jolly Students, Tis Not Always The Bullets That Kill and Sacred To The Memory Of Our Carter, for Victor Records in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Lew Dockstader's Minstrels are playing at The Victoria Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA.
Lew Dockstader's Minstrels are playing at The Victoria Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA.
Lew Dockstader's Minstrels are playing at The Victoria Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA.
Collins And Harlan, a comedy duo specialising in 'coon songs', record On The Good Ship Whip-Poor-Will for Columbia Records in New York City, USA.
Actor, comedian, singer, Minstrel show performer and songwriter Sam Lucas, one of the first African-Americans to perform in Vaudeville, dies after falling sick while filming.
Three black men from the James Robinson Circus are in jail in Duluth, Minnesota, USA, accused of raping a teenage girl. Although a physician's examination found no evidence of rape or assault, a mob breaks them out of jail and lynches them. Postcards with pictures of the hanging will be sold as souvenirs. This incident will serve as the setting of Bob Dylan's epic 1965 song Desolation Row. [Dylan's father was living in Duluth at the time of the lynchings].
Black singer and exotic dancer Josephine Baker opens in the Revue Negre at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Paris, France, where her semi-naked erotic dancing makes her an instant success.
South African singer and civil rights activist Miriam Makeba is born in Prospect Township, Johannesburg, South Africa.
The Swift Jewel Cowboys ' known as 'The Only Mounted Cowboy Band In America" - record Fan It and When I Put On My Long White Robe for Okeh Records in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
A feature in music trade magazine Billboard in the USA, reports that, despite many obstacles, negroes are making considerable advances in music, films and radio.
Paul Robeson addresses the World Peace Rally, sponsored by The National Council of American-Soviet Friendship, in New York City, USA.
The Soul Stirrers, featuring Sam Cooke, play at The Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA.
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Asa Carter of the North Alabama White Citizens' Council, announces that rock'n'roll, which he regards as an 'immoral' music, is a plot hatched by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. With this in mind, he begins a campaign to get radio stations to ban rock'n'roll records.
The LP The Black & White Minstrel Show by the George Mitchell Minstrels reaches No1 in the UK's NME Popular Albums chart. It will remain at No1 for a total of seven weeks.
The Rolling Stones play their first American show at Lynn, Massachusetts, USA. During the same evening, they make a live tv appearance on the Les Crane Show.
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A cover of Bobby Womack's song It's All Over Now, performed by The Rolling Stones, hits No1 in the UK singles chart.
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Adam Faith suspends his concert tour of South Africa, because the government prohibits him to perform before mixed audiences.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience do a rough mix for the song House Burning Down at Record Plant, New York City, USA. The song is said to have been inspired by the Watts Riots in Los Angeles.
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The Temptations finish recording the song Message From A Black Man, at Hitsville Studios, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
British punk band Sham 69 pull out of a proposed Rock Against Racism Carnival in London, UK, claiming concern that they will be blamed if any violence breaks out.
Sixteen-year-old PLF militant Samir Kuntar and three others, brutally kill Danny Haran and his four year-old daughter, Einat, in the coastal city of Nahariya, Israel, Asia. Danny's wife, Smadar Haran, escapes death by hiding in a crawl space above the family bedroom with her two year-old daughter Yael who, tragically, dies of suffocation when Smadar tries to stop her from crying, which would have revealed their hiding place. The song Hush, Yael by Oh, Sleeper tries to recreate those moments spent in hiding by Smadar and her tiny child.
Anti-racist pop fans demonstrate outside EMI headquarters in London, England, UK, Europe, demanding an explanation from Morrissey of why he used right-wing imagery during his performance at Madness's Madstock event in Finsbury Park, London.
Black vocalist Estelle criticises Bob Geldof and the organisers of the Live 8 concerts, telling them to "check themselves", because of the lack of black artists appearing at the London, England, UK, leg of the global event.
In a BBC Radio 4 Today interview, Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz, criticises the upcoming Live8 concerts as "too Anglo-Saxon" and says they will do nothing to promote positive images of Africa.
Noel Gallagher of Oasis declares that hip-hop star Jay-Z, recently announced as the headliner for the next Glastonbury Festival, is an unsuitable act for the event. "I'm not having hip-hop at Glastonbury," he fumes. "It's wrong."
In the wake of Sir Tom Jones revealing that he is having a DNA test to establish whether or not he has any black ancestry, The Daily Mail publishes a 'spectacularly racist' cartoon by the illustrator Mac. The cartoon shows two white explorers, one reading a newspaper with the headline "'Am I black?' asks Tom Jones", while another approaches two caricature black tribesmen with a test-tube, clutching a briefcase adorned with the words "DNA tests". The cartoon caption reads: "The DNA matches - now just one more test... can you sing Delilah?"
The Anti-Anti Beyonce Protest Rally takes place in front of the NFL Headquarters in New York City, USA, with just three protesters objecting to Beyonce's recent Super Bowl half-time performance, which featured backing dancers dressed as members of radical political organisation the Black Panthers. A larger number of pro-Beyonce supporters also turned up at the rally.
Stevie Wonder and India Arie attend the Dinner For Equality co-hosted by Patricia Arquette and Marc Benioff in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.
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