1. In 1874, Blanche Kelso Bruce elected to a full six-year term in the U.S. Senate by the Mississippi legislature.
2. In 1880, J. N. Waller Received Patent for Shoemaker’s cabinet or bench
3. In 1903, Jack Johnson became the first Negro Heavyweight Champion
4. In 1920, The Negro Baseball League founded.
5. In 1948, Rosa Ingram and her fourteen-and sixteen -year-old sons condemned to death for the alleged murder of a white Georgian. Mrs. Ingram said she acted in self-defense.
6. In 1956, Autherine J. Lucy becomes the first black student to attend the University of Alabama. She was expelled three days later “for her own safety” in response to threats from a mob. In 1992 Autherine Lucy Foster graduated from the University with a master’s degree in education. The same day, her daughter, Grazia Foster, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in corporate finance.
7. In 1956, James Brown records “Please, Please, Please” and launches his fantastic recording career
8. In 1964, Blacks, Puerto Ricans Boycott NYC Public Schools, School officials reported that 464,000 Black and Puerto Rican students boycotted New York City public schools. More than 267,000 were absent during second boycott, March 16.
9. In 1965, Geraldine McCullough, sculptor, wins the Widener Gold Medal award.
10. In 1981, The Air Force Academy drops its ban on applicants with sickle cell trait.
11. In 1984, Ronald McNair makes 1st trip into space.
12. In 1988, Confederate Flag Protest, In Montgomery, Alabama, Thomas Reed, president of the Alabama chapter of the NAACP, was arrested after he and 11 others attempted to strike a Confederate flag flying atop the state capitol building.
13. In 1989, Former Saint Louis Cardinals first baseman Bill White is named president of the National League. He is the first African American to head a major sports league.
14. In 1989, Tennis professional Lori McNeil defeated Chris Evert in the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.
15. In 1999, For the first time in history, America’s urban students will have a Web site specifically designed to address their educational needs and interests. The site — called the Cyber-Youth Network — provides a model for online education by offering students and teachers culturally relevant material.