1945 – Charles Aaron “Bubba” Smith
Football player and actor Charles Aaron “Bubba” Smith was born in Orange, Texas. Smith began his professional football career with the Baltimore Colts. He later played for the Houston Oilers and Oakland Raiders before retiring and making a name for himself in movies.
1940 – Hattie McDaniel
Hattie McDaniel, known for her supporting roles, became the first African American to win the Oscar Award for her role as “Mammy” in the movie Gone With The Wind. Not only was she the first African American to receive this award, but she was the only woman to have received it until Whoopi Goldberg received the same award for her role in the movie Ghost.