Who Was the First African-American to Win An Oscar?

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1940

72 years ago
Hattie McDaniel is the first African-American to win an Oscar for her role as Mammy in Gone With the Wind.
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1972
40 years ago
Hank Aaron becomes the first baseball player to sign a contract for $200,000 a year.
http://www.biography.com/people/hank-aaron-9173497

1988
24 years ago
Archbishop Desmond Tutu is arrested in Cape Town, South Africa, along with 100 other protesters of apartheid.
http://www.biography.com/people/desmond-tutu-9512516

2004
8 years ago
Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide is ousted from power for the second time.
http://www.biography.com/people/jean-bertrand-aristide-38781

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Tony Robbins
Born: February 29, 1960
Age: 52 years old
Birthplace: Glendora, California, United States
Occupation: Writer
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Jimmy Dorsey
Born: February 29, 1904
Birthplace: Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, United States
Occupation: Saxophonist
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Ja Rule

Born: February 29, 1976
Age: 36 years old
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Occupation: Rapper
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Melvin Purvis
Died: February 29, 1960
Age: 56 years old
Place: Florence, South Carolina, United States
Occupation: FBI Agent
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Jerome Lawrence
Died: February 29, 2004
Age: 88 years old
Place: Malibu, California, United States
Occupation: Playwright
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Pat Garrett
Died: February 29, 1908
Age: 57 years old
Place: Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States
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