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On June 28, 1926: Director and comedian Mel Brooks was born in Brooklyn. After getting his start writing musicals and television shows such as Get Smart, Brooks became an underground sensation with the release of his satire-comedy The Producers in 1968. Brooks subsequently wrote and directed films such as Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and Spaceballs. Brooks’ varied talents lead him to become one of the few people to have ever won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony.


On June 28, 1964: Malcolm X announced the creation of the Organization of Afro-American Unity (OAAU) at a meeting at the Audubon Ballroom. He believed the progress of African-Americans was closely connected to progress in Africa, and so outlined “The Basic Unity Program” with five goals: Restoration, Reorientation, Education, Economic Security, and Self-Defense.

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On June 28, 1969: Actress Tichina Arnold was born in Queens. Best known for her role as matriarch “Rochelle” on the TV sitcom Everybody Hates Chris and for her role as “Pamela James” on the FOX sitcom Martin. She also appeared in a sitcom based on the life of Fran Drescher.

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