1. In 1897, T. H. Edmonds received Patent for Separating Screens
2. In 1914, Marcus Garvey, at the age of twenty-eight, founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). His co-founder was Amy Ashwood, who would later become his first wife. The U.N.I.A. advocated Black economic and political independence. By 1920 Garvey claimed nearly a thousand divisions in the United States, the Caribbean, Central America, Canada and Africa.
2. In 1950, Black troops win First US Victory in Korea, the 24th Infantry Regiment.
3. In 1967, Black Power Conference, More than one thousand persons attended the first Black Power Conference in Newark, New Jersey.
4. In 1973, The National Black Network begins operations. It is the first African American owned and operated radio news network.
5. In 1974, Baseball great, Hank Aaron, breaks Ty Cobb’s record, as he appears in game number 3,034 of his career. Aaron, age 40, is playing in his 20th season of major-league baseball.
6. In 1984, Leontine T.C. Kelly became the first Black female Bishop of a major denomination, the United Methodist Church
7. In 1988, In the most formidable attempt ever by an African American to become President of the United States. Jesse Jackson receives 1218 delegates votes of the 2,082 needed for the Democratic party’s nomination, finishing second to Michael Dukakis. In his second bid for the nomination, Jackson garners wide popular support and captures 92% of African American and 12% of white votes in primary elections and caucuses. The previous night, Jackson electrifies the delegates with a ringing speech encouraging them to “keep hope alive.”
8. In 2002, Fred Gray, SR., The first black president of the Alabama state bar association was installed. Fred Gray, Sr., who defended Rosa Parks in her landmark bus segregation case and represented victims of the well-known Tuskegee syphilis experiment, has broken another racial barrier at age 71. With his installation he assumes a post that white attorneys normally achieve when they are in their 50s.
9. In 2002, Surviving members of the all-black 1955 Cannon Street YMCA Little League all-star team were honored.