Former Secretary of State Colin Powell born
April 5, 1937
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell born in New York City, New York to parents from the Caribbean island of Jamaica.
He was the 65th United States Secretary of State (2001-2005), serving under President George W. Bush. He was the first African American appointed to that position. As a General in the United States Army, Powell also served as National Security Advisor (1987–1989) and as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989–1993), holding the latter position during the Gulf War.