1. In 1855, John Mercer Langston, considered the first African American to be elected to public office is elected clerk of Brownhelm, Ohio township.
2. In 1865, Black soldiers of the Twenty-Fifth Corps were among the first Union soldiers to enter Petersburg.
3. In 1895, J. Cooper received Patent for Elevator Device.
4. in 1984, Coach John Thompson of Georgetown University becomes the first Black coach to win the NCAA basketball tournament.
5. In 1987, Engineer Lenell Geter convicted falsely in armed robbery charge. His conviction, which would draw national protest, was finally overturned after having served a 16 month sentence.
6. In 2007, No. 1 CD On The Charts: “Greatest Hits” By The Notorious B.I.G.