1. In 1884, Granville T. Woods Received Patent for Telephone Transmitter (variation), The telephone was invented by Granville T. Woods. His invention was far more superior to the invention of Alexander Graham Bell.
2. In 1891, Fifty-second Congress convened with One Black congressman, Henry P. Cheatham from North Carolina.
3. In 1891, Institutions Of Higher Learning, North Carolina A&T College, Delaware State College and West Virginia State College established.
4. In 1891, One hundred and thirteen Blacks were reported lynched
5. In 1895, Fifty-fourth Congress (1895-97) convened with One Black congressman, George W. Murray from South Carolina.
6. In 1912, Henry Armstrong, the only boxer to hold three boxing titles simultaneously, is born in Columbus, Ohio
7. In 1923, Roland Hayes became the first Black to sing in the Symphony Hall in Boston. The 1917 concert did not attract much public attention, but another in the same venue held on this day, was triumphant.
8. In 1953, Dr. Rufus Clement, president of Atlanta University elected to Atlanta Board of Education.
9. In 1968, The Dial Press publishes Frank Yerby’s “Judas My Brother”
10. In 1969, Marie V. Brittan Brown patents home security system for the homeowner to view the visitor on a television screen and the visitor also able to view a screen. The homeowner could open the door via a manual lock mechanism. Patent No. 3,482,037.
11. In 1975, Ohio State running back Archie Griffin becomes the first person ever to win the Heisman Trophy twice. He will play for the Cincinnati Bengals and be elected to the National Football Hall of Fame in 1986.
12. In 1989, Andre Ware of the University of Houston becomes the first African American quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy.
13. In 1992, Maya Angelou is asked to compose a poem for the inauguration of President Bill Clinton. The poem “On the Pulse of Morning”
1. In 1874, T. J. Byrd received Patent for Improvement in Rail Car Couplings, Patent# 157,370
2. In 1891, L. Nance, Inventor, Received Patent for Game apparatus.
3. In 1955, Rosa Parks, a seamstress and activist, while already setting at the back of the bus, in the black section, was arrested after she refused to give up her seat to a white male on a Montgomery (Ala.) bus.
4 . In 1963, Wendell Oliver Scott, a NASCAR owner and driver, wins at Jacksonville’s Speedway Park out dueling Buck Baker, But was only recognized as the winner days later By NASCAR Officials. The movie “Grease Lightening” staring Richard Pryor was based on his story.
5. In 1992, Pearl Stewart became the first black woman editor of the “Oakland Tribune, which at the time had a circulation of over 100,000.