Every day during the month of February, WPGC will feature an important moment in Black history. These daily vignettes are read by local children in the District and surrounding areas.
On Feb. 5, 1958, Clifton R. Wharton Sr. became the first African-American U.S. ambassador to be appointed diplomat over a European country. In prior years, blacks were traditionally appointed to countries like Libya and the Canary Islands. President Dwight Eisenhower gave Wharton rights as the U.S. Ambassador of Romania.
From there, he served as U.S. Ambassador for Norway, a U.S. representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and a delegate to the United Nations.
On Feb. 5, 1934, Hank Aaron was born in Mobile, Ala. Aaron found his start in baseball in the National Negro League before transitioning into the major leagues in 1954. He is celebrated as one of the best baseball players in the history of the game for breaking the career home-run record previously set by Babe Ruth. He also beet the major league records for total bases, extra-base hits and RBIs.