1. In 1890, George Dixon, becomes the first Black to hold a WORLD title in boxing. George beat Nunc Wallace in the Pelican Club in England & recieved $4,250.00
2. In 1891, W. Murray Received Patent for Attachment for bicycles
3. In 1899, W. J. Nickerson Received Patent for Mandolin & Guitar attachment for pianos
4. In 1919, Archibald H. Grimke’, noted lawyer and civil rights advocate who had served as U.S. Consul in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and president of the American Negro Academy among his accomplishments, receives the NAACP’s Spingarn Medal. An original member of the “Committee of Forty” that helped establish the NAACP, Grimke’ is honored for his “years of distinguished service to his race and country.”
5. In 1939, Frederick M. Jones received Patent for Ticket dispensing machine, patent #2163754.
6. In 1941, Richard Wright is awarded the Spingarn Medal. He is cited for the power of his books “Uncle Tom’s Children” and “Native Son” in depicting “the effects of proscription, segregation and denial of opportunities on the American Negro.”
7. In 1960, British Somaliland becomes part of Somalia.
8. In 1970, The Jackson Five: Marlon, Tito, Jackie, Jermaine and Michael, jump to number one on the music charts with “The Love You Save”. The song will stay at the top of the charts for a two week run. It will be the third of four number-one hits in a row for the group. The other three are: “I Want You Back”, “ABC” and “I’ll Be There”.
9. In 1972, Patricia Roberts Harris, the first African American U.S. Ambassador, is named permanent chairman of the Democratic National Convention. The Mattoon, Illinois native will later break new ground as Secretary of Health and Human Services and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
10. In 1977, Djibouti gains independence from France. Djibouti is located in East Africa, bordered by Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, and the Gulf of Aden.
11. In 1978, Henry Rono of Kenya sets a world record for 3,000 meters, running in 7 minutes 32 and 1/10 seconds.
12. In 1979, The U.S. Supreme Court rules, in Weber v. Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation, that employers and unions can establish voluntary programs, including the use of quotas, to aid minorities in employment.
13. In 1979, U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Weber v. Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation that employers and unions can establish voluntary programs, including the use of quotas, to aid minorities in employment.
14. In 1988, Mike Tyson knocks out Michael Spinks in 91 seconds of the first round, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
15. In 1989, The Baltimore Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 16-6. Each team is coached by an African American, Frank Robinson of the Orioles and Cito Gaston of the Blue Jays. Robinson, who will direct his team to an 87-75 season, will be named manager of the year by both the Associated Press and the United Press International.