1. In 1876, Edward Mitchell Bannister upsets racist whites who believe blacks have no artistic skill by winning a bronze medal for a painting he displayed at the American Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia.
2. In 1877, John Mercer Langston named minister of Haiti.
3. In 1892, A. L. Lewis received Patent for Window cleaner.
4. In 1912, W.C. Handy published (Memphis Blues) the first Blues Song.
5. In 1915, Xavier University, the first Black Catholic college in the US, opens in New Orleans.
6. In 1950, Charles H. Houston awarded the Spingarn Medal posthumously for his pioneering work in developing the NAACP legal campaign.
7. In 1950, Ezzard Charles defeated Joe Louis in heavyweight championship fight in New York City.
8. In 1950, Gwendolyn Brooks awarded Pulitzer Prize for her book of poetry, Annie Allen. She was the first Black cited by the Pulitzer committee.
9. In 1950, Ralph J. Bunche is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in mediating a conflict between Palestinians and the newly established Jewish state of Israel. Arabs had gone to war arguing the Jewish state had been established on land which rightfully belonged to the Palestinians.
10. In 1967, Washington D.C.’s Anacostia Museum dedicated to informing the community of contributions by African Americans to U.S. political, social, and cultural history, opens.
11. In 1969, Baby, I’m For Real” by the Originals is released, Until then the greatest piece of pure soul ever to come from Motown
12. In 1970, Diana Ross’ “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” is the #1 pop single and Ross’ first #1 hit as a solo artist.
13. In 1973, Fashion Fair Cosmetics went on sale at Marshall Field’s, Chicago.