A Richmond, Virginia commission convened by Mayor Levar Stoney “to best tell the real story" of the Confederate era has recommended removing a statue of Jefferson Davis. The monument of the Confederate president was unveiled in 1907 at a reunion of Confederate veterans.
Steven Spielberg may direct Leonardo DiCaprio in a Ulysses S. Grant biopic at Lionsgate. Grant served as commander of the Union armies during the American Civil War, later serving two scandal-rocked terms as U.S. president. He commissioned Mark Twain to write his biographies.
Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier when he became the first black athlete to play Major League Baseball in the 20th century. He signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, and was named Rookie of the Year that year, National League MVP in 1949 and a World Series champ in 1955.