June 10, 2017 all-day
June 10, 1895. Hattie McDaniel was the first African American to win an Academy Award, winning it in 1940 for her role in the 1939 film Gone with the Wind. Her career spanned radio and vaudeville in addition to her screen roles in Judge Priest, The Little Colonel, Showboat and Saratoga, among others. She was born at Wichita, KS (some sources say 1889 or 1892), and died Oct 26, 1952, at Los Angeles, CA.