1988 – Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder was fired as a CBS sports commentator one day after telling a TV station in Washington, DC, that, during the era of slavery, blacks had been bred to produce stronger offspring.


January 16

On this day in 1988, Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder was fired as a CBS sports commentator one day after telling a TV station in Washington DC that, during the era of slavery, blacks had been bred to produce stronger offspring, and were naturally superior athletes.

Marilyn Horne


American opera singer

Marilyn Horne

Marilyn Horne, in full Marilyn Bernice Horne, (born Jan. 16, 1934, Bradford, Pa., U.S.), American mezzo-soprano noted for the seamless quality and exceptional range and flexibility of her voice, especially in coloratura roles by Gioacchino Rossini and George Frideric Handel. She was also instrumental in reviving interest in their lesser-known operas.