1. In 1865, Jamaican national hero, George William Gordon, is unfairly arrested and sentenced to death, 1865
2. In 1916, successful African American entrepreneur and community leader Anthony P. Crawford was murdered by a lynch mob in Abbeville, South Carolina. A white mob beat, stabbed, shot, and hung Mr. Crawford, a 56-year-old Black farmer, in the Abbeville town square, after he dared to argue with a white merchant over the price of cottonseed. The patriarch of a large, multi-generational family, and the owner of 427 acres of land, Mr. Crawford was a successful farmer and leader whose murder had long-reaching effects.
3. In 1950, The first NBA Black Assistant Coach and first Black chief scout, Earl Lloyd, becomes the first Black person to play in an NBA game (beating out Charles Cooper and Nat Clifton by a day).
4. In 1979, The Black Fashion Museum is opened in Harlem by Lois Alexander to highlight the achievements and contributions of African Americans to fashion.
5. In 1980, Valerie Thomas invented the illusion transmitter.
6. In 1986, George Alcorn patents fabrication of spectrometer , Patent # 4,618,380
7. In 1989, Bertram M. Lee and Peter C.B. Bynoe sign an agreement to purchase the National Basketball Association’s Denver Nuggets for $54 million. They become the first African American owners of a professional basketball team.
8. In 1994, Dexter Scott King, youngest son of Martin Luther King Jr and Coretta Scott King, is named head of SCLC.