William C. (Billy) McClain (October 12, 1866 – January 19, 1950) was an African American acrobat, comedian and actor who starred in minstrel shows before World War I. He wrote, produced and directed several major stage and outdoor extravaganzas, and wrote a number of popular songs. He was influential in extending the range of minstrel shows far beyond the traditional conventions of the time, giving them appeal to much wider audiences.
Essie Mae Washington-Williams (October 12, 1925 - February 4, 2013) was the mixed-race daughter of one-time segregationist Sen. Strom Thurmond who kept her parentage secret for more than 70 years. The daughter of Thurmond and his family's black maid, Washington-Williams did not come forward until her father's death in 2003 at age 100. "I am Essie Mae Washington-Williams, and at last I am completely free," she said at a news conference revealing her secret.
|Little Richard with The Beatles on October 12 1962 at The Tower Ballroom in New Brighton Wallasey England|
|Michelle Obama and Steve Harvey, October 12, 2012|