1. In 1862, This date celebrates the first Black newspaper in the South, L’Union in New Orleans. During these early days of journalism working along with other groups and institutions, the free Black press strove to give voice to and unite the desires of Louisiana African Americans. L’Union was founded and circulated as a biweekly and tri-weekly. Published primarily in French, the paper ran a few issues in English beginning in 1863. Dr. Louis Charles Roudanez was financier and Paul Trévigne its editor.
2. In 1863, Sarah Thompson Garnet becomes the first African American female principal in the New York City public school system.
3. In 1867, W. A. Deitz received Patent for Shoe
4. In 1889, H. Peterson Received Patent for Attachment for Lawn Mower
5. In 1900, one of America’s classic folk songs, The Ballad of Casey Jones, was written. Wallace Saunders a black railroad laborer wrote it. It was one of three songs written by him. Very little is known about Wallace Saunders. He performed odd jobs for the railroad all his life. At the time of Jones’ accident, Saunders was an engine wiper for the railroad shop in Canton, Mississippi. Saunders wrote The Ballad of Casey Jones the day after Jones’ fatal accident.
6. In 1983, Robert C. Maynard, gains controlling interest in a major metropolitan newspaper when he buys the Oakland Tribune from Gannett.