1. In 1794, Eli Whitney patented the cotton gin, based on a slave’s designs.
2. In 1861, Jefferson Davis signed a bill authorizing use of slaves as soldiers in the Confederate army.
3. In 1862, Congress forbade Union officers and soldiers to aid in the capture and return of fugitive slaves, ending what one historian called the “military slave hunt.”
4. In 1869, Arkansas legislature passed anti-Klan law
5. In 1932, The Atlanta Daily World became the first Black Daily Newspaper in the 20th century founded by William A. Scott II.
6. In 1946, Col. Benjamin. O. Davis Jr., assumed command of Lockbourne Air Force Base, Ohio.
7. In 1957, John Lee, first black commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy is assigned to duty. Dec 1944-Jan 1945 The U.S. Army integrated black volunteers with white troops to fight during the “Battle of the Bulge,”
8. In 1961, Floyd Patterson KOs Ingemar Johannson to retain The Heavyweight championship.
9. In 1961, The Vibrations make their chart debut with “The Watusi.”
10. In 1979, Marucie Bishop wins Grenadian government, In the island Republic of Grenada, the New Jewel Movement, headed by U.S. educated Maurice Bishop, ousted the government of Prime Minister Gairy.
11. In 2020, Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old unarmed African American woman, was fatally shot in her apartment, when white police officers Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove of the louiseville, KY police dept. forced entry into the apartment as part of an investigation into an alledged drug dealing operation.