Huey Newton

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Huey Newton ~ (founder of the Black Panther Party) born

Michael Jeffrey Jordan ~ (basketball legend) is born in Brooklyn, New York

Thelonious Monk ~ Thelonious Monk, one of the founders of the bebop style

and one of only five jazz musicians to appear on the cover of Time magazine, dies of a stroke at the age of 64

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