1. In 1890, F. J. Ferrell received Patent for Steam Trap
2. In 1898, Owen L. W. Smith of North Carolina, AME Zion minister and educator, named minister to Liberia.
3. In 1961, Robert Weaver is sworn in as administrator of the Housing and Home Finance Agency, the highest federal post held at that time by a Black American.
4. In 1976, Clifford Alexander, Jr. is confirmed as the first African American Secretary of the Army. He will hold the position until the end of President Jimmy Carter’s term.
5. In 1990, James (Buster) Douglas knocked out Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson.
6. In 1990, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, released from South African prison after 27 years.
7. In 2009, President Barack Obama signed the DTV Delay Act