1. In 1804, The New Jersey Legislature approved a law calling for “gradual” emancipation of African Americans. In so doing, New Jersey became the last Northern state to outlaw slavery.
2. In 1848, Sarah Roberts barred from white school in Boston. Her father, Benjamin Roberts, filed the first school integration suit on her behalf.
3. In 1851, Black abolitionists invaded Boston courtroom and rescued a fugitive slave.
4. In 1898, R. Hearness, inventor, patented the Sealing Attachment for Bottles. Patent # 598,929.
5. In 1915, The first Spingarn Medal awarded to Ernest E. Just.
6. In 1941, The Duke Ellington Orchestra record “Take the A Train,” One of Ellington’s classic pieces, in Hollywood.
7. In 1956, The Pirates and The Kansas City A’s cancel an exhibition game in Birmingham Alabama, because of local ordinance barring blacks from playing against whites
8. In 1961, U.S. and African nationalist protesting the slaying of Congo Premire Patrice Lumumba distrupts U.N. sessions
9. In 1964, Louis Armstrong’s “Hello Dolly” recording becomes his first and only number one record.
10. In 1965, the home of Malcolm X was bombed-just days before his assassination.
11. In 1968, Henry Lewis became the first Black to head a major U.S. symphony orchestra when he was named director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.
12. In 1970, Nationalists disrupted UN session on Congo with demonstration for slain Congo Premier Patrice Lumumba.
13. In 1978, Leon Spinks beats Muhammad Ali in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
14. In 1979, A Taste of Honey wins a Grammy Award for Just the Way You Are.
15. In 1996, Kweisi Mfume became President and CEO of the NAACP.