Dick Gregory


Richard Claxton "Dick" Gregory is an American comedian, social activist, social critic, writer, and entrepreneur. Gregory is an influential American comic who has used his performance skills to convey to both white and black audiences his political message on civil rights. His social satire helped change the way white Americans perceived African American comedians since he first performed in public.… Read More

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1932 Birth Born on October 12, 1932.


1954 21 Years Old 1 More Event
His college career was interrupted for two years in 1954 when he was drafted into the U.S. Army. … Read More
1956 23 Years Old After being discharged in 1956 he returned to the university but did not receive a degree. … Read More
1958 25 Years Old In 1958, Gregory opened a nightclub called the Apex Club in Illinois. … Read More
1959 26 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1959, Gregory landed a job as master of ceremonies at the Roberts Show Club. … Read More


1963 30 Years Old Active in the Civil Rights Movement, on October 7, 1963, Gregory came to Selma, Alabama, and spoke for two hours on a public platform two days before the voter registration drive known as "Freedom Day" (October 7, 1963).
1964 31 Years Old In 1964, Gregory became more involved in civil rights activities, activism against the Vietnam War, economic reform, anti-drug issues, conspiracy theories, and others. … Read More
1967 34 Years Old Gregory began his political career by running against Richard J. Daley for the mayoralty of Chicago in 1967. … Read More
1968 35 Years Old Gregory unsuccessfully ran for President of the United States in 1968 as a write-in candidate of the Freedom and Peace Party, which had broken off from the Peace and Freedom Party. … Read More


1975 42 Years Old Shortly after this time Gregory became an outspoken critic of the Warren Commission findings that President John Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald. On March 6, 1975, Gregory and assassination researcher Robert Groden appeared on Geraldo Rivera's late night ABC talk show Goodnight America. … Read More
1978 45 Years Old Gregory is an outspoken feminist, and in 1978 joined Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Bella Abzug, Margaret Heckler, Barbara Mikulski, and other suffragists to lead the National ERA March for Ratification and Extension, a march down Pennsylvania Avenue to the United States Capitol of over 100,000 on Women's Equality Day (August 26), 1978 to demonstrate for a ratification deadline extension for the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution, and for the ratification of the ERA. … Read More
1979 46 Years Old On July 21, 1979, Gregory appeared at the Amandla Festival where Bob Marley, Patti LaBelle, and Eddie Palmieri, amongst others, had performed. … Read More
1980 47 Years Old Gregory was an outspoken activist during the US Embassy Hostage Crisis in Iran. In 1980 he traveled to Tehran to attempt to negotiate the hostages' release and engaged in a public hunger strike there, weighing less than 100 pounds (45 kg) when he returned to the United States.


1998 65 Years Old In 1998 Gregory spoke at the celebration of the birthday of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. with President Bill Clinton in attendance. … Read More
1999 66 Years Old Gregory was diagnosed with lymphoma in late 1999. … Read More
2003 70 Years Old In 2003, Gregory and Cornel West wrote letters on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to Kentucky Fried Chicken's CEO, asking that the company improve their animal-handling procedures. … Read More
2006 73 Years Old Gregory attended and spoke at the funeral of James Brown on December 30, 2006, in Augusta, Georgia. … Read More
2010 77 Years Old Gregory announced a hunger strike on September 10, 2010, saying in a commentary published by the conspiracy website Centre for Research on Globalisation in Montreal that he doubted the official U.S. report about the attacks on September 11, 2001. "One thing I know is that the official government story of those events, as well as what took place that day at the Pentagon, is just that, a story. This story is not the truth, but far from it. I was born on October 12, 1932. I am announcing today that I will be consuming only liquids beginning Sunday until my eightieth birthday in 2012 and until the real truth of what truly happened on that day emerges and is publicly known." … Read More
2014 81 Years Old In 2014 Dick Gregory updated his original 4X formula which was the basis for the Bahamian Diet and created his new and improved "Caribbean Diet for Optimal Health".
2016 83 Years Old Joe Morton played Dick Gregory in 2016 in the play Turn Me Loose at the Westside Theatre in Manhattan.
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