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Bradley, Thomas J.

Born: 1917 AD
Died: 1998 AD

1917 – Thomas J. Bradley, born on the 29th of December in Calvert, Texas, as the son of a sharecropper, and the grandson of former slaves. He was the mayor of Los Angeles, California.

1940 – Became a member of the Los Angeles Police Department and became a Lieutenant, the highest rank held by an African American police officer in the city of Los Angeles at that time.

1963 – 1972 – He would later serve on the Los Angeles City Council.

1963 – He, along with Billy G. Mills, would become the first African Americans elected to the City Council in modern times.

1969 – First challenged incumbent Mayor Sam Yorty for the City’s top job.

1984 – Tenure as mayor, Los Angeles hosted the Summer Olympic Games and passed Chicago to become the second most populous city in the country.

1986 – Lost the governorship to Deukmejian by a margin of 61% to 37%.

1992 – Los Angeles riots and the formation of the Christopher Commission also occurred on his watch.

1998 – Died of a heart attack at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Los Angeles at age 80 on the 29th of September.