1. In 1848, William and Ellen Craft escaped from slavery in Georgia. Mrs. Craft impersonated a slave holder and her husband, William, assumed the role of her servant in one of the most dramatic of the slave escapes.
2. In 1899, J. M. Certain received Patent for Parcel carrier for bicycles
3. In 1908, Eighty-nine Blacks reported lynched in 1908.
4. In 1908, Jack Johnson KOs Tommy Burns and crowned first black heavyweight championship.
5. In 1924, DeFord Bailey, Sr., a harmonica player, became the first Black to perform on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.
6. In 1950, Frederick M. Jones received a patent for prefabricated refrigerator construction.
7. In 1956, Birmingham Blacks began mass defiance of Jim Crow bus laws.
8. In 1966, First Day of Kwanzaa Begins, celebrating the first of Seven Principles, Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Created by Dr. Maulana Karenga.