1. In 1789, 222 Years ago Today, Benjamin Banneker begin to lay out Washington DC.
2. In 1861, 150 Years ago Today, Confederate Congress, meeting in Montgomery, Ala., adopted constitution which declared that the passage of any “law denying or impairing the right of property in Negro slaves was prohibited.
3. In 1874, 137 Years ago Today, Frederick Douglass named president of the failing Freedmen’s Bank.
4. In 1948, 63 Years ago Today, Dr. Reginald Weir becomes the first black player to compete in the U.S. Indoor Lawn Tennis Association Championship.
5. In 1956, 55 Years ago Today, A Manifesto denouncing Supreme Cout ruling on segregation in public schools issued by one hundred Southern senators and representatives.
6. In 1959, 52 Years ago Today, “Raisin in the Sun,” first Broadway play by a Black woman, opened at Barrymore Theater with Sidney Poitier and Claudia McNeil in the starring roles. Lorraine Hansberry’s drama was the first Broadway play with a Black director, Lloyd Richards, in the modern era.
7. In 1959, 52 Years ago Today, Comedian and television star Flip Wilson received the International Broadcasting Man of the Year Award. Flip Wilson was the first Afro-American to be a television superstar.
8. In 1968, 43 Years ago Today, Civil Rights Bill Passes.
9. In 1968, 43 Years ago Today, Soul singer Otis Redding posthumously receives a gold record for the single “The Dock of the Bay.”
10. In 1970, 41 Years ago Today, The Fifth Dimension’s “Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In” is named Record of the Year at the Grammys.