1. In 1805, Bill Richmond, son of a slave, became the first African American to distinguish himself as a prizefighter. On this date, Richmond knocked out Jack Holmes in England.
2. In 1924, William DeHart Hubbard, athlete, became the first Black in Olympic history to win an individual gold medal on this day. He won the Broad jump by leaping 24 feet 5 1/2 inches.
3. In 1943, Nebraska’s first African American newspaper, “The Omaha Star”, is founded by Mildred Brown.
4. In 1965, NAACP elects Roy Wilkins as there new executive director
5. In 1966, John H. Johnson wins the Spingarn Medal for his “contributions to the enhancement of the Negro’s self-image” through his publications including “Negro Digest”, “Ebony”, and “Jet” magazines, and books such as “Before the Mayflower”, written by historian Lerone Bennett, Jr.
6. In 1966, King Mwambutsa IV Bangiriceng of Burundi is deposed by his son Prince Charles Ndizi.
7. In 1982, Senegalese Trotskyist political party LCT is legally recognized.
8. In 2001, Venus Williams wins her second straight Wimbledon Women’s Singles Championship. Venus is the first woman to win consecutive Wimbledon Championships since 1995-96 and the first black woman to win Wimbledon since Althea Gibson in 1958.
9. In 2003, President George W. Bush publicly said American slavery was one of history’s greatest crimes.