1. In 1865, Black division, under command of Maj. Gen. Charles Paine, participated in Fort Fisher (N.C.) expedition which closed Confederate’s last major port.
2. In 1888, D. Johnson receives patent for Rotary dining table.
3. In 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, the first organization of black Greek sisterhood was founded on this date at Howard University in Washington, D. C. by Ethel Hedgeman (Lyle).
4. In 1941, Yancey Williams, a Howard University student, asked a federal court to order the secretary of war and other government officials to consider his application for enlistment in the Army Air Corps as flying cadet.
5. In 1950, More than 4,000 delegates from one hundred national organizations attended National Emergency Civil Rights Conference in Washington D.C.
6. In 1961, The Supremes” Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson and Diana Ross signed with Motown.
7. In 1970, Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church , the nearby crypt containing the remains of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his boyhood home are dedicated as part of a memorial to be known as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Change.