In 1980, singer and performer Michael Jackson secured the highest royalty rate in the music industry—37 percent of the album's profit.
As a child Muhammad Ali was refused an autograph by his idol, boxer Sugar Ray Robinson. When Ali became a prize-fighter, he vowed never to deny an autograph request, which he has honored to this day.
Soul singer Aretha Franklin became the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
Black civil rights activist Ida B. Wells was one of the first American women to continue to keep her last name after her marriage.