1. In 1872, 139 Years ago Today, Francis L. Cardoza elected State Treasurer of South Carolina.
2. In 1908, 103 Years ago Today, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, founded at Cornell University in 1906, incorporated.
3. In 1913, 98 Years ago Today, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, founded at Howard University in 1908, incorporated.
4. In 1913, 98 Years ago Today, 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, 85 Years ago Today, Violette Neatley Anderson is the first African American woman admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court
6. In 1969, 42 Years ago Today, Patricia Roberts Harris Is named dean of Howard University’s Law School.
7. In 1991, 20 Years ago Today, 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, 20 Years ago Today, 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, 2 Years ago Today, President Barack Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act