1. In 1864, John Lawson, a Black gunner on flagship of Admiral David Farragut, exhibited marked courage in Battle of Mobile Bay and won a Congressional Medal of Honor.
2. In 1879, William Bailes received Patent for Ladder scaffold-support
3. In 1892, Harriet Tubman receives a pension from Congress for her work as a nurse, spy, and scout during the Civil War.
4. In 1930, Solomon Harper received Patent for Electric Hair Treatment
5. In 1957, Lee Andrews and the Hearts make their chart debut with “long, Lonely Nights.”
6. In 1962, Nelson Mandela was arrested near Howick, South Africa, and charged with incitement; he received a five-year sentence later in the year.
7. In 1968, Senator Edward Brooke named temporary chairman of Republican National Convention, Miami, Florida.
8. In 1984, Edwin Moses wins a gold medal in the 400 meter hurdles in the Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
9. In 1984, Evelyn Ashford wins a gold medal in the 100-meter race in the Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles.