1. In 1876, 135 Years ago Today, U.S. Senate refuses to seat P.B.S. Pinchback, Black elected Senator from Louisiana in 1873, after three years of controversy.
2. In 1898, 113 Years ago Today, Peter Walker Received Patent for Bait Holder
3. In 1945, 66 Years ago Today, Phyllis Mae Dailey first of four African American Navy nurses to serve active duty in WW II receives her commission as an ensign in the Navy Nurse Corps.
4. In 1958, 53 Years ago Today, The Silhouettes’ “Get A Job” is the #1 pop single. One of the most famous hits of the doo-wop era. The Silhouettes, a Philadelphia-based group, were lead singer William Horton, Richard Lewis, Earl Beal and Raymond Edwards. “Get A Job” was their only hit.
5. In 1977, 34 Years ago Today, Henry L. Marsh III, civil rights lawyer and politician. A Democrat, elected the first African-American mayor of Richmond.. He was elected to the Senate of Virginia in 1991. He currently represents the 16th district, consisting of the city of Petersburg, Dinwiddie County, and parts of the city of Richmond and Chesterfield and Prince George Counties.