Daily Archives: January 7, 2015

Anderson becomes first African-American to perform with Metropolitan Opera in New York 60 years ago tonight (Jan 7 1955)

Video: 'Marian Anderson canta Un ballo in Maschera'

(Friday, January 7, 1955; during the African-American Civil Rights Movement (1954–68)) — Singer Marian Anderson made her debut with the Metropolitan Opera in New York in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera, becoming the first black person to perform there as a member.

Bart Hagerman, Private, 17th Airborne, describes American offensive 70 years ago today (Jan 7 1945)

Video: 'American Experience - Battle of the Bulge (PBS Documentary)' (Jan. 7, 1945, at 46:34)

(Sunday, January 7, 1945; during the Battle of the Bulge on the Western Front of World War II) — “Our first attack– major offensive was on January 7th. We moved up under artillery fire to an attack position, and we were hit from behind. And actually, it was one of our own companies in our battalion…”