1. In 1872, Francis L. Cardoza elected State Treasurer of South Carolina.
2. In 1908, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, founded at Cornell University in 1906, incorporated.
3. In 1913, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, founded at Howard University in 1908, incorporated.
4. In 1913, Fiftieth Anniversary of Emancipation Proclamation, Black Americans celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of Emancipation Proclamation. Major celebrations were held at Jackson, Mississippi, New Orleans and Nashville. Three states–Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey–appropriated money for official celebrations of the event.
5. In 1926, Violette Neatley Anderson is the first African American woman admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court
6. In 1969, Patricia Roberts Harris Is named dean of Howard University’s Law School.
7. In 1991, Nelson Mandela, Then president of South Africa, and Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi held the first talks for almost 30 years between predominantly Zulu Inkatha and the ethnically mixed African National Congress.
8. In 1991, Sharon J. Barnes, Chemist at Dow Chemical part of a team of five (two African Americans) who were assigned U.S. Patent #4,988,211 for an application in Infra-Red Thermography.
9. In 2009, President Barack Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act