This Week in Durham History

Dec. 28, 2013 @ 03:53 PM

Willie Person Mangum is born

On Dec,29, 1792, the American statesman  Willie P. Mangum was born. Mangum served as U.S. senator from North Carolina for 1831-36 and 1841-47. As president pro tempore in the 27th and 29th Congresses, Mangum was third in line for the U.S. presidency, and with the death of President William Henry Harrison in 1841, Mangum was second in line under President John Tyler. In Mangum's honor, a marker has been built at the Mangum School in Durham.  

Rose Bowl played in Durham

On Jan. 1, 1942, Durham hosted the Rose Bowl.  Durham was named the 1942 Rose Bowl site because of United States fears after Pearl Harbor's bombing in December 1941 that Japan would attack the West Coast. Duke lost to Oregon State, 20 to 16.

John Hope Franklin is born

John Hope Franklin was born Jan. 2, 1915. His long, varied and distinguished career as a ground-breaking historian, respected author and distinguished teacher included professorships at both N.C. Central University and Duke. A widely recognized figure in academia and black history, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1995, 14 years before his death in 2009. To honor him, the John Hope Franklin Center was established at Duke University in 2000.

After Chernobyl, healthcare Durham-style

Children from Ukraine who had been brought to the USA after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear reactor accident were assessed and given medical assistance by doctors at Duke Hospital. Doctors used Russian phrase books to communicate with the children.  Durham touched the world on this day.