Aug. 30, 1987: Judge Wade H. McCree, an eminent scholar of judicial history, died on this date in Detroit, Mich.

Sept. 1, 1977: Ethel Waters, known as “Mama Stringbean” during her burlesque and vaudeville days and who later became an outstanding actress, died on this date.

Sept. 3, 1922: Aviatrix Bessie Coleman, the first licensed African-American pilot, made her first flight on this date after acquiring her skills in France.