1. In 1905, Miles College founded, It is one of over 100 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in America.
2. In 1920, Marcus Garvey presented his (Back To Africa) program in New York City.
3. In 1951, While manning his machine gun during a surprise attack on his platoon on this day, private first class William Henry Thompson of Company M, Twenty-fourth Infantry Regiment, became the first Black to earn the Medal of Honor in the Korean conflict.
4. In 1963, A Better Chance (ABC) is founded, A national non-profit talent search organization. The Charles E. Merrill Foundation gave a grant that allowed twenty-three independent schools to respond to President John F. Kennedy’s call for equal access to the nation’s top schools for minority students. The schools’ response: the Independent School Talent Search Program (ISTSP). ISTSP held its first session for academically talented youth in the summer of 1964 at Dartmouth College.
5. In 1966, The Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School, later Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, is chartered in Los Angeles, California. It is the only African American-focused medical school west of the Mississippi.
6. In 1967, “In the Heat of the Night”, starring Sidney Portier and Rod Steiger, premieres.
7. In 1980, Leon Huff makes his chart debut with the single “Tight Money”
8. In 1980, Thomas “The Hit Man” Hearns wins the WBA Welterweight title. This is one of five weight classes that he has won a boxing title making him the first African American to win boxing titles in five different weight classes.
9. In 1982, Jackie Robinson is honored by the U.S. Postal Service with a commemorative stamp, the fifth in its Black Heritage USA series.
11. In 1986, Jackie Joyner-Kersee sets record for the heptathlon (7161 pts).
12. in 2012, U.S. gymnast Gabby Douglas made history by becoming the first African-American to win the all-around Olympic gold.