On this day: March 19

POSTED: 11:49 AM PDT Mar 14, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Mar 18, 2016 

The Tuskegee Airmen are activated, Elvis buys Graceland, Bob Dylan releases his debut album, Texas Western makes college basketball history, and the invasion of Iraq begins, all on this day.

OTD March 19 - Amos and Andy
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1928: The radio show "Amos and Andy" debuts. The show, which featured its white creators, Freeman Gosden and Charles Carrell (seen here in a promotional postcard for the show), playing two black men from the Deep South who moved to Chicago to seek their fortunes, would become one of the most popular radio programs in American history and the first in the country to be distributed by syndication. Throughout the show's run, first on the radio and later on television, it was a frequent target of criticism for promoting racial stereotypes.


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