1. In 1794, 217 Years ago Today, Eli Whitney patented the cotton gin, based on a slave’s designs.
2. In 1861, 150 Years ago Today, Jefferson Davis signed bill authorizing use of slaves as soldiers in the Confederate army.
3. In 1862, 149 Years ago Today, 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, 142 Years ago Today, Arkansas legislature passed anti-Klan law
5. In 1932, 79 Years ago Today, The Atlanta Daily World became the first Black Daily Newspaper in the 20th century founded by William A. Scott II. http://atlantadailyworld.com/
6. In 1946, 65 Years ago Today, Col. Benjamin. O. Davis Jr., assumed command of Lockbourne Air Force Base, Ohio.
7. In 1957, 54 Years ago Today, 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, 50 Years ago Today, Floyd Patterson KOs Ingemar Johannson to retain championship.
9. In 1961, 50 Years ago Today, The Vibrations make their chart debut with “The Watusi.”
10. In 1979, 32 Years ago Today, 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.