By On This Day in NYC's History


On July 28th, 1917: Between 8,000 and 10,000 African-Americans marched against lynching and anti-black violence in a protest known as The Silent Parade. The march was precipitated by the East St. Louis Riot of May and July of that year, which was an outbreak of labor and race-related violence that caused up to 200 deaths and extensive property damage. The Parade was organized by famous civil rights activist and first African-American to earn a doctorate (from Harvard University) W. E. B. Du Bois and the NAACP. The protesters hoped to influence President Woodrow Wilson to carry through on his election promises to African-American voters to implement anti-lynching legislation and to promote black cases; to the great horror of civil rights activists across the country, Wilson repudiated his promises, and federal discrimination actually increased during his presidency. It was the first parade of its kind in New York and the second public civil rights demonstration of African-Americans.

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On July 28th, 1933: The first singing telegram was delivered to famous entertainer Rudy Vallee by a die-hard fan. Western Union, the American telegraph company, began offering singing telegram services for artists to give as humorous gifts to friends, lovers, and apparently, celebrity crushes.

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On July 28th, 1964: Actress Lori Loughlin was born. Best known (and loved) for her role as Rebecca Donaldson-Katsopolis on the ABC classic sitcom Full House, Loughlin appeared in the series from 1988 to 1995. From 2008 to 2011, she played the role of Debbie Wilson on The CW series 90210, before which she portrayed Ava Gregory on the The WB series Summerland, which she also co-created and produced. Over the years, Loughlin has won a Young Artist Award as well as a PRISM award.

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