1. In 1794, France abolishes slavery. The nation will have a lukewarm commitment to abolition and will, some eight years later, under Napoleon, reestablish slavery in 1802 along with the reinstitution of the “Code noir”, prohibiting blacks, mulattoes and other people of color from entering French colonial territory or intermarrying with whites.
2. In 1896, W. H. Johnson received Patent for Overcoming Dead Centers
3. In 1970, “I Want You Back” by the Jackson Five is the #1 Pop hit, The song was their debut single and the first of four consecutive #1 pop hits. Michael, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon Jackson followed up with “ABC”, “The Love You Saved”, and “I’ll Be There”
4. In 1971, National Guard mobilized to quell rioting in Wilmington, North Carolina.
5. In 1986, Sojourner Truth stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service
6. In 1996, J.C. Watts becomes the first Black selected to respond to a state of the unioun address.
7. In 2007, Tony Dungy Became the First Black head Coach (Indianapolis Colts) to Win The Superbowl beating the Chicago Bears 29-17.
8. In 2009, President Barack Obama signed the Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act.