Sandra Fortune of the Capitol Ballet competes in the International Ballet Competition
Sandra Fortune-Green was born on March 2, 1951 in Washington DC to Elizabeth and Raymond Fortune. Fortune-Green began her dance career at age ten, enrolling in the renowned Jones-Haywood School of Dance under the instruction of Doris Jones and Claire Haywood. Fortune-Green flourished at the school, eventually becoming a principal dancer for the Capitol Ballet Company.
After Fortune-Green graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in 1968, she pursued her dance studies in New York at the School of American Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre, and the Joffrey Ballet before returning back to Washington DC to attend Howard University. In 1972, Fortune-Green left Howard to begin training for the prestigious Second International Ballet Competition in Moscow, Russia. She was the only African American to ever compete in this competition. Fortune-Green was eliminated after the second round of judging, but finished twenty-sixth out of the 126 dancers participating. After returning to the United States, Fortune-Green married her high school sweetheart, Joseph Green, on New Year’s Eve of 1975.
Christopher Boatwright joins the Stuttgart Ballet
Christopher Boatwright was compelled to join the Stuttgart Ballet company in Germany after seeing their performance of “Eugene Onegin” at the Metropolitan Opera House in 1973. From his nine years with this company he is most remembered by his portrayal of Romeo in “Romeo and Juliet” in 1979.
Other Happenings in 1973:
Feb 8: Twyla Tharp choreographed Deuce Coupe for Joffrey Ballet
Jul 19: Australian Ballet’s film of Don Quixote premieres at the brand-new Sydney Opera House
Dec 15: Boston Ballet celebrated 10 years as a professional company
Jan 22: In Roe v. Wade, US Supreme Court rules that abortion is a constitutional right.
Jan 23: US President Nixon announces an accord has been reached to end Vietnam War
Mar 8: Eisenhower Tunnel opens and is established as the world’s highest/US longest.
Apr 18: US Government ends Mandatory Oil Import Program, established in 1959 by President Eisenhower
Jul 20: The US Senate passes the War Powers Act
Sep 13: Congress passes & sends a bill to Nixon to lift football’s blackout
Dec 28: Endangered Species Act made law in the US, to protect wildlife rights.
Three African-Americans are elected as Mayors in their cities, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Detroit.
Jan : The United Kingdom, Denmark, and Ireland join the European Economic Community.
Aug 15: US involvement in Vietnam officially ends.
Oct 20: Sydney Opera House opens, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 was performed.
Arts and Science
Jan 14: “Aloha from Hawaii”, an Elvis Presley concert, becomes the most watched broadcast by an individual entertainer
Mar 1: Robert Joffrey Dance Company opens
Mar 27: 45th Academy Awards – The Godfather, Marlon Brando & Liza Minnelli win Marlon Brando turns down Oscar for best actor in support of Indians
Apr 3: The first portable cell phone call is made in New York City, United States
May 4: Valerie Perrine becomes the first woman to display female nudity on an American TV network- Steambath (PBS)
May 17: Stevie Wonder releases “You are the Sunshine of my Love”
Jun 19: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” stage production opens in London
Aug 6: Stevie Wonder involved in car crash, goes into a 4 day coma
Sep 8: “Star Trek – Animated Series” premieres on TV
Dec 25: The Sting directed by George Roy Hill and starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford premieres in Los Angeles and New York (Best Picture 1974)
Jan 22: George Foreman TKOs Joe Frazier in 2 for heavyweight boxing title
Mar 20: Roberto Clemente elected to Hall of Fame, 11 weeks after his death
Mar 31: Ken Norton defeats Muhammad Ali in a 12 round split decision
May 8: Ernie Banks fills in for Cubs manager Whitey Lockman who is ejected during the game, technically becoming baseball’s 1st African American manager
Sept 1: George Foreman KOs Jose “King” Roman in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
Sept 10: Muhammad Ali defeats Ken Norton
Sep 21: Nate Archibald signs 7-year contract with NBA Kansas City Kings for $450,000
Civil and Human Rights
Jun 28: Black Sports Hall of Fame forms: Paul Robeson, Elgin Baylor, Jesse Owens, Jim Brown, Wilma Rudolph, Joe Louis & Althea Gibson elected
Jul 1: Tom Bradley becomes the 38th Mayor of Los Angeles, the first (and only) African-American to hold that position
Jul 2: National Black Network begins operation on radio