On this day: September 18

Published On: Sep 17 2012 07:16:13 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 18 2015 02:00:00 AM EDT

America takes out its first loan, The New York Times and the United States Air Force are born, guitar legend Jimi Hendrix dies, and "The Guiding Light" ends after 72 years, all on this day.

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Brown University

1919: Fritz Pollard becomes the first black athlete to play professional football for a major team, the Akron Pros. In 1920, the team would join the newly founded American Professional Football Association, later renamed the National Football League, and Pollard would help lead them to the league's first crown. The following year he became the NFL's first black coach.


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