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Events In African American History For October 25

1. In 1892, L. F. Brown received Patent for Bridle bit Patent No. 484,994.

2. In 1940,   Benjamin O. Davis Sr became the first Black general in US Army.

3. In 1940, Black newspaper owner’s group, the NNPA (Negro Newspaper Publishers Association), is founded.The group later changed its name to the National Newspaper Publishers Association.

4. In 1958, An estimated 10,000 students led by Jackie Robinson, Harry Belafonte, and labor leader A. Phillip Randolph, participate in a youth march for integrated schools in Washington, D.C.

5. In 1976, A  full pardon is granted to Clarence “Willie” Norris, the last known survivor of the nine “Scottsboro Boys.” The group of black men had been framed in a 1931 conviction for allegedly raping two white women.

6. In 1990, Evander Holyfield knocks out James “Buster” Douglas in the third round to become the undisputed world heavyweight champion.

7. In 1992, Cito Gaston, as manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, became the first Black Manager to lead a Major League Baseball team to win a world series title, defeating the Atlanta Braves.

8. in 1994  Susan Smith (a white woman) set off a nationwide man hunt when she claimed that a Black Man had car jacked her and kidnapped her two young children.  It was later revealed that she had murdered her two boys by buckling them in her car and driving them into a lake.

9. In 1997, The Million Woman March in Philadelphia at the Museum Of Art included Winnie Mandela and Maxine Waters as Keynote Speakers.

10. In 2020 Archbishop Wilton Gregory elevated to cardinal, making him the first African American appointed to the red-hat conclave.

Events In African American History For August 13

 1. In 1881, 129 Years ago Today, African American nursing school opens at Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga.

2. In 1892, 118 Years ago Today, First issue of Baltimore  Afro-American Newspaper goes on sale.


3. In 1895, 115 Years ago Today, L. A. Russell Received Patent for Guard Attachment for beds.


4. In 1906, 104 Years ago Today, Black soldiers raided Brownsville,  Texas, in retaliation for racial insults. One white man killed, two wounded.

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For August 10

1. Anna Julia Haywood Cooper, Author, educator, and one of the most prominent African American scholars in United States history. Upon receiving her Ph.D in history from the University of Paris-Sorbonne in 1924, Cooper became the fourth African American woman to earn a doctorate degree. She was also a prominent member of Washington, D.C.’s African American community.

2. Era Bell Thompson, graduate of the University of North Dakota (UND) and an editor of Ebony magazine. She was also a recipient of the governor of North Dakota’s Roughrider Award. A multicultural center at UND is named after her.

3. Willie James Wells, shortstop who played from 1924-48 for various teams in the Negro Leagues.

4. George William Crockett Jr., Attorney, jurist, and politician from the U.S. state of Michigan. He also served as a national vice-president of the National Lawyers Guild and co-founded what is believed to be the first racially-integrated law firm in the United States. He was associated with the history of the infamous murder of civil rights activists James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner.

5. Arnett Cleophus Cobb, jazz tenor saxophonist. He worked with trumpeter Chester Boone for two years and left to play with Milton Larkin in 1936. Cobb played with Larkin’s band for six years while it toured the country; its clubs included the Apollo Theatre in Harlem and the Rhumboogie Club in Chicago owned by boxer Joe Louis.

6. Veronica (Ronnie) Bennett-Spector, Lead singer for the Ronettes

7. Patti Austin, Grammy-winning R&B and jazz music singer. She made her debut at the Apollo Theater at age four and had a contract with RCA Records when she was only five. Quincy Jones and Dinah Washington have proclaimed themselves as her godparents.

8. Clarence Cameron White, neoromantic composer and concert violinist. Dramatic works by the composer were his best-known, such as the incidental music for the play Tambour and the opera Ouanga. During the first decades of the twentieth century, White was considered the foremost violinist of his race. He was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African Americans.

9. John Starks, a retired American professional basketball player who gained fame while playing at shooting guard for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association in the 1990s. Starks was listed at 6’5″ (1.96 m) and 190 pounds (86 kg) during his NBA playing career.

10. Michael Bivens, founder and member of the R&B group New Edition and the hip hop group Bell Biv DeVoe.

11. Riddick Lamont Bowe, retired American boxer and former undisputed heavyweight champion. He is best remembered for his trilogy of fights with Evander Holyfield and two brutal bouts with Andrew Golota. Bowe’s only professional defeat came by a majority decision loss to Holyfield.

Events In African American History For August 10

1. In 1835, Mob of white citizens and a hundred yoke of oxen pulled a Black school to a swamp outside the town of Canaan, New Hampshire.

2. In 1910, L. H. Latimer received Patent for Lamp Fixture

3. In 1934, The first issues of The Minnesota Spokesman Recorder was sold to the public. This was one of the first African-American owned Newspapers in Minnesota. Originally known as the Minneapolis Spokesman, it was the brainchild of publisher Cecil Newman. On the date of its first issue in a box at the upper left of the front page was the message “A News Medium Worth While.”

4. In 1954, Percy L. Julian received Patent for Preparation of Cortisone

5. In 1981, The Coca-Cola Bottling Company agreed to pump $34 million into Black businesses and the Black community, ending a national boycott called by PUSH.

6. In 1984, Olympic athlete Carl Lewis repeats Jesse Owens’ record by winning his fourth gold medal in the Los Angeles Olympic Games.

7. In 1985, Michael Jackson buys ATV Music (including every Beatle song) for $ 47 million.

8. In 1989, Colin L. Powell, Four-Star General, was nominated by President George Bush To Become The First Black Chairman Of The U.S. Joint Chief Of Staff

Events In African American History For Aug 09

1. In 1848, Free Soil party organized at Buffalo, N.Y., convention attended by Black abolitionists.

2. In 1929, The first Bud Billiken parade will take place in Chicago. To date It is the largest African-American Parade and the second largest parade in the United States. Always on the second Saturday in August, it began in 1929. The Bud Billiken parade started as a promotional idea through the Chicago Defender newspaper.

3. In 1936, Jesse Owens wins his fourth gold medal of the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games in the 4×100-meter relay. His relay team set a new world record of 39.8 seconds, which held for 20 years. In their strong showing in track-and-field events at the XIth Olympiad, Jesse Owens and other African American athletes struck a propaganda blow against Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, who planned to use the Berlin Games as a showcase of supposed Aryan superiority.

4. In 1961, James B. Parsons becomes the first black U.S. District Judge with Life Tenure.

5. In 1971, Le Roy (Satchel) Paige is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

6. In 1987, “Mean” Joe Greene inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

7. In 1987, Beatrice Foods is acquired by Reginald Lewis. It is the largest business acquisition ever by an African American.

8. In 1987, Gene Upshaw inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

9. In 1995, World’s Indigenous Peoples Day, declared International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

10. In 1997, Abner Louima was beaten. Louima, a Black Haitian immigrant was arrested and brutally attacked by four New York City police officers. The police officers beat Louima brutally in a police cruiser on the way to the police station. Once back at the station house one of the Officer (JustinVolpe) sodomized Louima with a broken broom handle while a fellow officer held him down.

Events In African American History For July 21

1. In 1864, The first daily Black newspaper, The New Orleans Tribune, is published in English and French.

2. In 1889, W. A. Martin, inventor, patented the lock. This device was an improvement over the 4000-year-old bolt invented by the Chinese. Martin’s lock consisted of a cylinder and spiral spring, coiled around a metal pin. It was the forerunner of modern door locks.

3. In 1896, The National Federation of Afro-American Women and the Colored Women’s League merged and created the National Association of Colored Woman. Mary Church Terrell was elected president at meeting at Washington’s Nineteenth Street Baptist Church.

4. In 1897, S. C. Shanks Received Patent for Sleeping car berth register

5. In 1943, “Stormy Weather” premieres in New York City with Lena Horne, Bill Robinson, Fats Waller, Cab Calloway, the Nicholas Brothers, and Katherine Dunham. A week before the premiere, Horne said of African American actors, “All we ask is that the Negro be portrayed as a normal person. A worker in a union meeting, a voter in the polls…or an elected official. Perhaps I’m being naive. Perhaps these things will never be straightened out on the screen itself, but will have to wait until..[they’re] solved in real life.”

6. In 1943, Captain Charles B, Hall, of Brazil, Indiana, becomes the first African American pilot in World War II to shoot down a Nazi plane. He is a member of the 99th Fighter Squadron which is part of the 33rd Fighter Group. During his eighth mission, while escorting B-25 bombers over Italy, Captain Hall spots two Focke-Wulf FW 190s. He fires a long burst at one as it turns left. After several hits the aircraft will crashed into the ground.

7. In 1950, Black troops of Twenty-fourth Infantry Regiment recaptured Yechon after sixteen-hour battle, scoring first U.S. victory in Korean war.

8. In 1951, PFC William H. Thompson, first African American to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor since the Spanish American War, is awarded the honor, posthumously

9. In 1957, Althea Gibson becomes the first African American woman to win a major U.S. tennis title. She won the Women’s National clay court singles competition.

10. In 1959, the Boston Red Sox of major league baseball’s American League became the last team to integrate their organization. It was integrated when Pumpsie Green, an African American, was included in the lineup. On this date, Green made pinch runs for the Red Sox. He played in Boston for three seasons before he was traded to the New York Mets in 1963.

11. In 2002, The first issue of The Liberator Magazine was published. This is an African-American internet and print publication.

Events In African American History For April 30

1. In 1862,  This date celebrates the first Black newspaper in the South, L’Union in New Orleans.  During these early days of journalism working along with other groups and institutions, the free Black press strove to give voice to and unite the desires of Louisiana African Americans. L’Union was founded and circulated as a biweekly and tri-weekly. Published primarily in French, the paper ran a few issues in English beginning in 1863. Dr. Louis Charles Roudanez was  financier and Paul Trévigne its editor.

2. In 1863, Sarah Thompson Garnet becomes the first African American female principal in the New York City public school system.

3. In 1867,  W. A. Deitz received Patent for Shoe.  He was a former slave & he invented the upper to a women’s boot. It’s the same concept we use to make all women’s boots to this day

4. In 1889,  H. Peterson Received Patent for Attachment for Lawn Mower

5. In 1900,  one of America’s classic folk songs, The Ballad of Casey Jones, was written.  Wallace Saunders a black railroad laborer wrote it. It was one of three songs written by him. Very little is known about Wallace Saunders. He performed odd jobs for the railroad all his life. At the time of Jones’ accident, Saunders was an engine wiper for the railroad shop in Canton, Mississippi. Saunders wrote The Ballad of Casey Jones the day after Jones’ fatal accident.

6. In 1983,  Robert C. Maynard,  gains controlling interest in a major metropolitan newspaper when he buys the Oakland Tribune from the East Coast-based media conglomerate Gannett Company.


Events In African American History For December 12

1. In 1870,  Joseph H. Rainey, is sworn in as congressman (served five terms)

2. In 1872,  Attorney General George Williams sent a telegram to “Acting Governor Pinchback,” saying that the Black politician “was recognized by the President as the lawful executive of Louisiana.”

3. In 1892,  F. J. Loudin received Patent for Sash Fastener

4. In 1899,   A. C. Richardson Received Patent for Bottle

5. In 1899, George. F. Grant received Patent (#638,920)for his invention of the Golf Tee

6. In 1900,  National Negro Anthem, (Lift Every Voice and Sing) composed by James Weldon and James Rosamond Johnson.

7. In 1938,  U.S. Supreme Court rules in Missouri that a state must provide equal educational facilities for Blacks within its boundaries. Lloyd Gaines, the plaintiff in the case, disappeared after the decision and was never located.

8. In 1961,  More than seven hundred demonstrators, including Martin Luther King Jr., arrested in Albany, Ga., in five mass marches on city hall to protest segregation. Arrests triggered militant Albany movement.

9. In 1963,  Kenya proclaimed independent.

10. In 1963,  Medgar Wiley Evers awarded Spingarn Medal posthumously for his civil rights leadership.

11. In 1975,  The National Association of Black Journalists 3000 members strong with 74 affiliated professional chapters and 51 student chapters, is the largest media organization for people of color in the world.

12. In 1995,  Willie Brown defeats incumbent mayor Frank Jordan to become 1st African American mayor of San Francisco

13. In 1996,  Kofi Annan, longtime diplomat from Ghaha, name secretary general for the UN

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