1. In 1880, P. Johnson received Patent for Eye protector
2. In 1886, Henry Brown received Patent for Receptacle for Storing and Preserving Papers
3. In 1886, I. D. Davis received Patent for Tonic
4. In 1889, The last great African king is crowned. Menelik II becomes “Negusa Nagast,” King of Kings, of Abyssinia, now Ethiopia.
5. In 1903, Maggie L. Walker opens the St. Luke Penny Savings Bank in Richmond, Va.
6. In 1920 The Ocoee Massacre. In response to an attempt by African Americans to exercise their legal and democratic right to vote, at least 50 African Americans were murdered in a brutal massacre in Ocoee, Florida.
7. In 1930, Haile Selassie is crowned Emperor of Ethiopia after the death of Ethiopian Empress Zawditu.
8. In 1983, By Act Of Congress, M.L.King Jr.’s Birthday becomes legal holiday.
9. In 2008, Lewis Hamilton won the Formula One World Championship in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
1. In 1777, Prince Hall petitioned the Massachusetts legislature for funds to return to Africa. The plan is the first recorded effort by African Americans to return to their homeland.
2. In 1920, Andrew “rube” Foster organizes the first black baseball league, the negro national league.
3. In 1943, William L. Dawson took office and began his congressional career, Illinois.
4. In 1970, The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) was founded changing it’s name from “Democratic Select Committee”, which was formed in January 1969.
5. In 1971, Dr. Melvin H. Evans inaugurated as the first elected governor of the Virgin Islands.
6. In 1985 Congressman William H. Gray was elected chairman of the House Budget Committee, the highest congressional post held by an African American.
7. In 1985, Leontyne Price made her farewell appearance with the Metropolitan Opera singing the title role of Aida.
8. In 1990, Two months away from the 25th anniversary of the Civil Rights march on Selma, Alabama, 1,500 African American students boycotted classes to express concern over the dismissal of Norward Rousell, the city’s first African American superintendent.