Week of May 13-19
1865—The last battle of the Civil war ends. Ironically, it appears the Confederate troops won the battle at Palmetto Ranch, Texas. However, it was the actions and bravery of the 62nd Regiment of United States Colored Troops which prevented the defeat from turning into a rout. The Confederates had actually underestimated the fighting prowess of the Blacks assuming they would run in fear when the fighting started. Instead, what occurred was the rapid defeat of two White regiments, but the Black soldiers of the 62nd held firm. The Confederates would later surrender.
1950—Singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder is born Stevland Hardaway Judkins in Saginaw, Mich. Blind since shortly after birth, Wonder signed with Motown Records’ Tamla label at the age of 11, and continues to perform and record for Motown to this day. Wonder has recorded 30 Top Ten hits and has won 24 Grammy awards—a record for any living artist.