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Today in History

Oct. 14, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, Oct. 14, the 287th day of 2019. There are 78 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 14, 1947, U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles E. ("Chuck") Yeager (YAY'-gur) became the first test pilot to break the sound barrier as he flew the experimental Bell XS-1 (later X-1)...

Alabama capital elects first black mayor in 200-year history

Oct. 8, 2019 11:47 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's capital, a city once known as the cradle of the Confederacy and later the birthplace of the civil rights movement, elected its first African American mayor Tuesday. Probate Judge Steven Reed, 45, clasped the history-making victory to be elected the next mayor of Montgomery...

Voters in Memphis choose incumbent mayor for another term

Oct. 3, 2019 11:57 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Jim Strickland, the mayor of Memphis, Tennessee, likes to say the city has momentum. Voters appear to agree with him. Strickland won a big victory Thursday for the opportunity to lead the soulful Mississippi River city for another four years. He soundly defeated several other mayoral...

3-way battle for Memphis mayor marked by bitter conflicts

Oct. 1, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Even in an era known for divisive politics nationally, this year's race for Memphis mayor stands out, with accusations of racism, a magazine caricature widely viewed as offensive, a candidate who refuses to mention a female opponent by name and a dustup over homophobic tweets from...

New project highlights civil rights sites in Alabama

Sep. 25, 2019 9:47 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A new project is highlighting some of the places in Alabama that played a role in the civil rights movement. An online, oral history presentation called "Voices of Alabama" features photos of historic sites and interviews with some of the people who worked with the civil rights...

Film explores Latina union leader who organized farmworkers

Sep. 23, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Years before Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta began organizing poor farmworkers in California, a woman named Maria Moreno sought to sign up impoverished farmworkers for a fledgling union. The Mexican American mother of 12 coordinated rallies, recruited members in isolated areas and...

Newscaster out 8 months after Martin Luther King slur

Sep. 23, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis newscaster who has been off the air since uttering what he called an unintentional racial slur while talking about Martin Luther King Jr. in January is now out of a job. KTVI-TV general manager Kurt Krueger told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the station and Kevin Steincross...

Today in History

Sep. 20, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, Sept. 20, the 263rd day of 2019. There are 102 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 20, 2001, during an address to a joint session of Congress, President George W. Bush announced a new Cabinet-level office to fortify homeland security and named...

Veteran television newsman Sander Vanocur dies at 91

Sep. 17, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sander Vanocur, a television newsman who for decades covered momentous events from political campaigns to assassinations, the Vietnam War to the civil rights movement, has died, his son said Tuesday. Vanocur died Monday night in Santa Barbara, California, said Chris Vanocur. He was 91....

US civil rights advocate Juanita Abernathy dies at 88

Sep. 12, 2019 8:17 PM EDT

Juanita Abernathy, who wrote the business plan for the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and took other influential steps in helping to build the American civil rights movement, died Thursday. She was 88. Family spokesman James Peterson confirmed Abernathy died at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta following complications...