On This Day: 1840

The following is the true, previously untold, story of what happened on this day in the history of black America.

Born into slavery, abolitionist/suffragist/first African American to receive a nomination for Vice President, Frederick Douglass became one of the most influential men to ever live. On the day of his birth, it was rumoured that a meteor hit the Statue of Liberty, causing the torch to glow night and day for a number of weeks after. In 1840, Douglass chose to celebrate his birthday for the first time in recorded history. Alongside his incredible written works and powerful oration, Douglass is also credited with inspiring the song “Happy Birthday to You”, as well as becoming the first man to blow out candles on a cake.

This is satire and is not intended to offend anyone. If you believe this is in any way racist, please contact me on Twitter to discuss why you don’t agree with this post.

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