1. In 1775, Lord Dunmore, deposed royal governor of Virginia, issued proclamation which promised freedom to male slaves who joined the British army.
2. In 1876, Edward A. Bouchet received the Ph.D. degree in physics at Yale University and became the first Black to receive a doctorate at an American University.
3. In 1876, Edward Bannister, the first Black artist to win wide critical acclaim, awarded prize at Philadelphia Centennial Exposition for his work, Under the Oak.
4. In 1876, The disputed presidential election which changed the course of black history occurs. The dispute led to the Hayes-Tilden Compromise. In order to be declared president Republican Rutherford B. Hayes reached an agreement with southern Democrats which had the effect of ending much of Reconstruction and the protection of black rights. The Jim Crow era began with “black codes” and other measures which severely limited black rights. Many of these rights were not restored until the 1960’s.
5. In 1909, Knights and Ladies of St. Peter Claver organized in Mobile, Alabama, by four Posephite priests and three Catholic laymen.
6. In 1934, Arthur L. Mitchell defeated Oscar DePriest in a Chicago election and became the first Black Democratic congressman.
7. In 1955, Supreme Court in Baltimore case banned segregation in public recreational facilities.
8. In 1963, Elston Howard, New York Yankees Star catcher, became the first Black to win the American League Most Valuable Player Award.
9. In 1964, Little Anthony and the Imperials’ “Goin’ Out of My Head,” a vocal-group soul classic, enters the Billboard chart, where it will peak in the Top Ten.
10. In 1967, Carl B. Stokes is elected Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio.
11. In 1967, Richard Hatcher was elected the first Black mayor of Gary, IN.
12. In 1989, Lawrence Douglas Wilder became first Black Governor in the US (Virginia).
13. In 1991, Rock legend Jimi Hendrix was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
14. In 2007, Michael Nutter, Elected Mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is Philadelphia’s third African American mayor.