1. In 1775, Peter Salem becomes the first hero in the American Revolutions, at a crucial moment in the battle, when British major John Pitcairn, had rallied the disorganized British troops and prepared a counterattack, Salem, shot the major through the head just after he yelled “The day is Ours.” Peter Salem, a former slave who had gained his freedom upon enlisted in the militia, had battled Pitcairn, and his forces earlier at Lexington and was glad to have dispatched the hated major as he did.
2. In 1862, Congress authorized President Lincoln to accept blacks in Union Army.
3. In 1882, L. H. Latimer received Patent for Manufacturing carbons
4. In 1890, George (Little Chocolate) Dixon, won the undisputed batamweight title.
5. In 1890, P. B. Downing received Patent for Electric Switch for railway
6. In 1957, Tuskegee boycott began. Blacks boycotted city stores in protest against act of state legislature which deprived them of municipal votes by placing their homes outside city limits.
7. In 1966, Stokely Carmichael (who later was known as Kwame Ture), then chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), gave his famous Black Power speech. He spoke at a Greenwood, Mississippi rally arguing for Black Power in America. Carmichael defined this as “a call for black people in this country to unite, to recognize their heritage, and to build a sense of community.”
8. In 1972, Frank Wills, Washington security guard, foiled break-in at offices of Democratic National Committee in first event of the Watergate conspiracy.
9. In 1994, O. J. Simpsons’ most famous run. . Police were after him for investigation into the death of his wife Nicole and her boyfriend. He was later found not Guilty “If the Glove Don’t Fit You Must Aquit, Johnny Crocran”