Dance Theater of Harlem’s Lydia Abarca is the first Black Female Ballerina on the Cover of Dance Magazine                       




Abarca was ance Theatre of Harlem’s first Prima Ballerina. performed works by Balanchine  including Bugaku, andJerome Robbins Afternoon of a Faun. She went  on toperformed in Bubbling Brown Sugar  and The Wiz on Broadway.





Lydia Abarca


  • Feb 6 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 21 Watergate figures John Mitchell, H.R. Haldeman & John D Ehrlichman sentenced to 2.5-8 years for conspiracy and obstruction of justice
  • Sep 5 First Assassination attempt on US President Gerald Ford by Lynette Fromme in Sacramento
  • Nov 20 Ronald Reagan announces candidacy for Republican nomination for US President
  • Nov 29 Kilauea Volcano erupts in Hawaii


  • Jan 14 USSR breaks trade agreement with US
  • Mar 21 Ethiopia abolishes its monarchy after 3,000 years
  • Apr 2 Vietnam War: Thousands of civilian refugees flee from the Quang Ngai Province in front of advancing North Vietnamese troops
  • Apr 21 Last South Vietnam President Nguyen Van Thieu resigns after 10 years
  • May 7 US President Gerald Ford declares an end to “Vietnam Era”
  • Aug 14 Pakistani military coup against Bangladeshi President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
  • Nov 22 Juan Carlos I proclaimed King of Spain as monarchy restored after 31 years

Arts and Sciences

  • Jan 6 “Wheel of Fortune” debuts on NBC-TV
  • Jan 25 32nd Golden Globes: “Chinatown”, Jack Nicholson, Gena Rowlands win
  • Mar 3 1st People’s Choice Awards: John Wayne and Barbara Streisand win for Motion Picture and Alan Alda, Telly Savalas and Mary Tyler Moore win for TV
  • Apr 4 Microsoft is founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen
  • Apr 8 47th Academu Awards: The Godfather Part II, Ellen Burstyn and Art Carney win
  • Apr 20 29th Tony Awards: Equus and Wiz win
  • Jun 20 Jaws directed by Steven Spielberg is released
  • Oct 11 “Saturday Night Live” created by Lorne Michaels premieres on NBC
  • Nov 19 “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” starring Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher is released

Human and Civil Rights

  • Oct 17 UN passes resolution saying “Zionism is a form of racism”
  • Nov 18 Black Panther leader Eldridge Cleaver returns to US


  • Mar 24 Muhammad Ali TKOs Chuck Wepner in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Jun 30 Muhammad Ali retains his world heavyweight boxing crown by beating Englishman Joe Bugner by unanimous points decision in a re-match in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Jul 5 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Arthur Ashe becomes first African-American to win Wimbledon, beats countryman Jimmy Connors 6-1, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4


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