1 In 1935, On this day, while competing for Ohio State University (Columbus) in a Western Conference (Big Ten) track-and-field meet at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), JAMES CLEVELAND OWENS (Jesse Owens) equaled the world record for the 100-yard dash (9.4 s) and broke the world records for the 220-yard dash (20.3 s), the 220-yard low hurdles (22.6 s), and the running broad jump (8.13 m [26 feet 8 1/4 inches]).
2. In 1943, A riot started by white workers, occurs in a Mobile, Alabama shipyard over the job promotions of twelve African American workers.
3. In 1943, Bradberry invented the “Bed Rack”, Patent No. 2,320,027 to attach to the bed frame and allow the bed clothes to hang on it while allowing the bed to air out.
5. In 1959, The U.S. Supreme Court declares a Louisiana law enforcing a ban on bouts between African American and white boxers to be unconstitutional.
6. In 1963, The first observance of African Liberation Day occurs. It begins at the founding conference of the Organization of African Unity in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
7. In 1964, The closing of schools to avoid desegregation is ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. Prince Edward County, Virginia will have to reopen and desegregate its schools.
8. In 1965, A very short heavyweight title fight occurs in Lewiston, Maine. Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) knocks out challenger, Sonny Liston, in one minute and 56 seconds of the first round. Liston never sees the punch coming. Neither did an unbelieving crowd at ringside, nor those in theatres all over the world watching the fight on closed-circuit TV.
9. In 1971, In Memory of Jo Etha Collier, killed in Drew, Miss., by bullet fired from passing car (Drive by shooting). Three whites were arrested on May 26 and charged with the unprovoked attack.
10. In 1986, 30 million people worldwide joined in pop singer Bob Geldof’s “Race Against Time” to raise money for the starving in Africa.
11. In 1994, The United Nations Security Council lifts a 10-year-old ban on weapons exports from South Africa, ending the last of its apartheid-era embargos.
12. In 2020, George Floyd was murdered by a white Minneapolis police officer who detained him by putting his knee on his neck for more than eight minutes. The incident sparked international protests against racism and police brutality.