1st 1808 - The Slave trade is abolished in the U.S.
1863 - Black slavery is abolished, by law.
2nd 1898 - Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander, the 1st African-
American to earn a Ph.D in economics, is born
in Philadelphia, PA.
1966 - Kivie Kaplan, Boston, Massachusetts industrialist
succeeds A.B. Spingarn as President of the
3rd 1621 - William Tucker is the 1st African-American to be
born in the United States.
1961 - Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. assumes the
chairmanship of the House Education and Labor
Committee of the U. S. Congress.
1971 - The 1st meeting of the Congressional Black
1985 - Leontyne Price gives her last performance at the
Metropolitan Opera House in NYC.
4th 1920 - Andrew "Rube" Foster organizes the 1st African-
American Baseball League: The Negro
1958 - Archie A. Alexander former Governor of the Virgin
5th 1911 - Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity is chartered as a
1943 - George Washington Carver, agricultural scientist,
6th 1911 - Charles Sumner, abolistionist and equal rights
advocate, is born.
7th 1903 - Folklorist and novelist, Zora Neale Hurston, is
1955 - Marian Anderson debuts as the 1st African-
American female singer in a production at the
Metropolitan Opera House in NYC.
8th 1811 - Louisiana Slave rebellion led by Charles
Deslander takes place.
1867 - Bill passed by Congress, despite President
Andrew Jackson"s veto, giving African-Americans
in the District of Columbia the right to vote.
1912 - The African National Congress is founded.
1922 - Col. Charles Young, 1st African-American to
acheive that rank in the United States Army, dies
in Lagos, Nigeria.
1960 - George E. Haynes, sociologist, co-founder of the
National Urban League and the 1st African-
American to receive a Ph.D from Columbia
9th 1866 - Fisk University is founded in Nashville, TN.
1906 - Renouned poet and writer, Paul Lawrence
1914 - Phi Beta sigma, Inc. is founded at Howard
1922 - Sekou Toure is born.
1946 - Teacher and Poet, Countee Cullen, dies in
10th 1864 - George Washington Carver, agriculture scientist, is
1967 - Edward W Brooke is sworn in as the 1st African-
American Senator to be elected since
11th 1965 - Lorraine Hansberry author of a "Raisin in the Sun",
dies in Harlem, NYC.
1985 - Rueben V. Anderson becomes the 1st African-
American to be appointed judge on the Mississippi
12th 1923 - The 1st issue of Opportunity magazine is
published by the Urban League.
1957 - The Southern Christian Leadership Conference is
13th 1913 - Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is founded at
14th 1940 - Julian Bond, Georgia's 1st African-American
Senator, is born.
15th 1929 - Dr. Martin Luther King is born in Atlanta, Georgia.
16th 1901 - Hiram P. Revels dies in Aberdeen, Mississippi.
1920 - Zeta Phi Beta Sorority is founded.
1978 - Maj. Guion S. Buford, Jr., Maj. Frederick D.
Gregory, and Dr. Ronald E. McNair join NASA's
astronaut training program.
17th 1882 - Lewis Lattimer is assigned a patent for the
process of manufacturing carbons.
1942 - Muhammad Ali is born in Louisville, Kentucky.
1996 - Barbara Jordan, politician, lawyer and activist,
18th 1830 - David Walker publishes militant anti-slavery
pamplet, Walker's Appeal.
1858 - Daniel Hale Williams the 1st physician to perform
open heart surgery and founder of Provident
Hospital in Chicago, is born.
19th 1887 - Clementine Hunter, " The Black Grandma Moses",
is born in Natchitoches, LA.
1918 - John H. Johnson, founder of the Johnson
Publishing Company and publisher of African-
American magazines Digest '42, Ebony '45, Tan
'50 and Jet '51, is born.
20th 1788 - Andrew Bryan is ordained as the 1st Pastor of The
African Baptist Church, in Yamacraw, Savannah,
1947 - Josh Gibson, Negro Leagues star and National
Baseball Hall of Fame member, dies.
1986 - America celebrates the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther
Kings' birthday for the 1st time.
21st 1824 - Osai Tutu Kwamina defeats British at Assamaka,
1964 - Carl T. Rowan is named director of the U.S.
1793 - Benjamin Banneker, African-American
astronomer helped survey and plan the city of
1871 - Justina Ford, 1st female African-American
physician in Denver, colorado, is born in
1964 -The 24th Amendment is ratified, abolishing the
1962 - Jackie Robinson becomes the 1st African-
American to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of
1985 - Tom Bradley, 4 term mayor of Los Angeles,
receives the NAACP Spingarn Medal.
1966 - Constance Baker Motley becomes the 1st
African- American woman to be appointed to a
1863 - The 1st all African-American regiment in the
Union Army, The Massachusetts 54th, is
1944 - Angela Davis, political activist and educator, is
born in birmingham, Alabama.
1961 - Carl T. Rowan is appointed Deputy Assistant
Secretary for Public Affairs in the Johnson
1972 - "Queen of Gospel Song", Mahalia Jackson, dies
in Evergreen, Park, Illinois, at the age of 60.
1972 - Shirley Chisholm, 1st African-American
congresswoman announces her candidacy for
president of the U. S.
1901 - Richard Barther, sculptor, is born in New
1944 - Mattew Henson receives a joint medal from
Congress as co-discover of the North Pole.
1960 - Zora Neale Hurston, called the "most prominent
and prolific female African-American writer of the
'20s, '30s and '40s", dies in poverty, in Fort
1837 - Alexander Puskin, "The Father of Russian
1926 - Violette Neatley Anderson is the 1st African-
American woman admitted to practice before the
United States Supreme Court.
1844 - Richard Theodore Greener becomes the 1st
African-American to graduate from Harvard
1970 - Joseph L. Searles III becomes the 1st African-
American proposed to hold a seat on the New
York Stock Exchange.
31st1865 - The 13th Amendment to the Constitution is
passed by the House of Representatives of the
United States Congress.
1919 - The 1st African-American baseball player to
play in the Major Leagues, Jackie Robinson, is born.
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