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1. In 1862, The 1st Kansas Volunteer Colored Infantry was formed. This was the first official regiment of Blacks serving in the American Army.

2. In 1885, W. C. Carter received Patent for Umbrella Stand

3. In 1890, Sam T. Jacks’ play “Creoles” opens. The Haverhill, Massachusetts’s production is the first time African-American women are featured as performers on stage

4. In 1896, A. L. Ross Received Patent for Runner for Stops

5. In 1896, W. Grant received Patent for Curtain rod support

6. In 1897, Henry A. Rucker appointed Collector of Internal Revenue for Georgia.

7. In 1936, Jesse Owens sets a new Olympic running broad jump record by leaping 26′ 5 5/16″.

8. In 1936, John Woodruff won the 800-meter Gold Medal in Berlin. It was the first time in 24 years the United States had an 800 Gold Medal.

9. In 1953, Movement of Black families into Trumbull Park housing project in Chicago triggered virtually continuous riot which lasted more than three years and required assignment of more than one thousand policemen to keep order.

10. In 1961, Bobby Lewis’s “Tossin’ and Turnin’ is the #1 pop single, became the best selling single in 1961

11. In 1964, Bodies of three civil rights workers discovered on farm near Philadelphia, Mississippi. Three young men, two white and one Black, had been missing since June 21. FBI said they were murdered on night of their disappearance by segregationists. Eighteen whites, including several police officers, were charged with conspiracy to deprive the victims of their civil rights.

12. In 1969, Willie Stargell is the first to hit a home run out of Dodger Stadium.

13. In 1980, Maury Wills is named manager of the Seattle Mariners. He is the third African American to be named a major league manager.

14. In 2012, Serena Williams wins Gold Medal in Summer Olympics

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