1. In 1868, John Mercer Langston founded and organized the Law Department of Howard University
2. In 1872, Morgan State College founded in Maryland.
3. In 1940, Dr. Charles Richard Drew was appointed medical director of the plasma project of Great Britain. As director of the first great experiment in the gross production of human plasma, Dr. Drew created models for later developments in the United States and Europe. When the project ended in 1941, Dr. Drew became the first director of a new project charged with the responsibility of setting up donor stations to collect blood plasma for the American armed services. He resigned three months later and became professor of surgery at Howard University. Under an American Red Cross ruling in World War II, Dr. Drew’s blood, ironically enough, would have been segregated from the blood of white donors.
4. In 1948, California Supreme Court voided state statue banning interracial marriages.
5. In 1952, Joe Black became the first black pitcher to win a World Series game. The Dodgers defeated the New York Yankees 4-2. Black was also the 1952 Rookie of the Year.
6. In 1962,Escorted by Federal Troops, James Meredith became first Black student at Old Miss.
7. In 1966, Black Panther party founded in Oakland (Calif.) by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale.
8. In 1977, Soccer great Pele retires.
9. In 1985, B. Smith & L. E. Branovich & G. L. Freeman Received Patent for Mtd. or preparing nonlaminating anisotropic
10. In 1989, Colin Powell named Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff.
11. In 1991, Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, art historian, becomes dean of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
12. In 1993, Rita Dove, appointed as the Nation’s seventh poet laureate. She was the first Black, and youngest person to hold this position