BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – The world welcomes “Hammerin’ Hank” and a lawsuit to end racial segregation in New Jersey schools gets filed. All this and more in today’s special edition of, “This Day in History”.
On this day in 1958, Clifton R. Wharton Sr. was confirmed as minister to Romania. Wharton was the first African-American to head a U.S. embassy in Europe.
On this day in 1962, a lawsuit that looked to bar racial segregation in Englewood, N.J. elementary schools was filed in the U.S. District Court.
On this day in 1934, Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron Jr., was born in Mobile, Alabama. “Hammerin’ Hank” broke Babe Ruth’s homerun record when he knocked career homerun 715 out the park. Though that record has since been broken, he still holds the records for most career runs batted in (RBI’s) with 2,297, most career total bases with 6,856, and most career extra base hits at 1,477.
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