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Chase's Calendar of Events 2014, 57th Edition by Editors of Chase's Calendar of Events

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SIMMS, HILDA: BIRTH ANNIVERSARY. Apr 15, 1920. American stage and film actress, born Hilda Moses at Minneapolis, MN. She joined the American Negro Theater at Harlem, NY, in 1943 and was given the title role in Anna Lucasta. When the production moved to Broadway in 1944, it became the first all-black production to be performed on Broadway without a racial theme. Simms was the creative arts director of New York State’s human rights division, through which she was instrumental in bringing discrimination against black actors to public attention during the 1960s. She died at Buffalo, NY, Feb 6, 1994.

SINKING OF THE TITANIC: ANNIVERSARY. Apr 15, 1912. The “unsinkable” luxury liner Titanic on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York, ...

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