1. In 1820, The African Methodist Zion and Asbury African Methodist churches, both of New York City, started their own separate African Methodist Episcopal Conference, still within the Methodist Episcopal Church.
2. In 1841, African American abolitionist Frederick Douglass delivers his first public speech before the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society in Nantucket. Having escaped from slavery only three years earlier, Douglass is legally a fugitive when he delivers his speech about his life as a slave. The Massachusetts Society immediately hires Douglass as a full-time lecturer.
3. In 1948, Amanda Randolph appears on the television series “The Laytons” on the Dumont Network. She and Bob Howard of CBS’ “The Bob Howard Show”, which premiered earlier in the summer, are the first African Americans to be featured in a national network television series.
4. In 1949, Peter Marray Marshall of New York appointed to American Medical Association’s House of Delegates.
5. In 1953, S. Harper received Patent for Thermostatic Controlled Fur etc.
6. In 1958, “Tears On My Pillow,” by Little Anthony and the Imperials, enters Billboard’s singles chart. The first pressing credits the song to, simply, “The Imperials.”
7. In 1965, U.S. Senate confirmed nomination of Thurgood Marshal as U.S. solicitor general.
8. In 1965, Watts Riots, a large-scale riot which lasted 6 days in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, in August 1965. It would stand as the most severe riot in Los Angeles history until the Los Angeles riots of 1992. The riot was a reaction to police brutality by the LAPD and other racial injustices suffered by black Americans in Los Angeles, including job and housing discrimination.
9. In 1977, Strawberry Letter #23 by the Brothers Johnson is #1 hit
10. In 1980, Reggie Jackson hits his 400th homer.
11. In 1981, Endless Love by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie Released, Remained on charts for 20 weeks.
12. In 2019, Simone Biles soars to 6th U.S. gymnastics title, makes history with triple-double flip.