1. In 1839, 172 Years ago Today, Seminoles & black allies shipped from Tampa Bay Fl., to the West, which would later be know as the “Trail Of Tears.”
2. In 1853, 158 Years ago Today, First Black Y.M.C.A. organized in Washington D.C.
3. In 1870, 141 Years ago Today, Hiram R. Revels, first Black US Senator, took oath of office
4. In 1896, 115 Years ago Today, Jan E. Matzeliger received Patent for Nailing machine
5. In 1928, 83 Years ago Today, One-Man Show of Art by Negro, First of Kind Here, Opens Today,” read the headline of a front-page article in ‘The New York Times’ on this day. The article announced the opening of Archibald J. Motley, Jr’s show at the New Gallery on Madison Avenue. This was the first time in History that an artist had made the front page of ‘The New York Times’ and it was the second one-person show by an African-American artist (the first being Henry O. Tanner).
6. In 1948, 63 Years ago Today, Martin Luther King Jr. graduated from Morehouse with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology, and enrolled in Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1951
7. In 1964, 47 Years ago Today, Muhammad Ali defeated Sonny Liston for world heavyweight boxing championship.
8. In 1971, 40 Years ago Today, President Nixon met with members of the Congressional Black Caucus and appointed a White House panel to study a list of recommendations made by the group.
9. In 1987, 24 Years ago Today, Michael Jordan, scores Chicago Bull record 58 points in a game
10. In 1987, 24 Years ago Today, US Supreme Court upholds (5-4) affirmative action
11. In 1989, 22 Years ago Today, Boxer Mike Tyson becomes the undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World by defeating challenger Frank Bruno of England.
12. In 1991, 20 Years ago Today, Adrienne Mitchell, first African American woman to die in combat in the Persian Gulf War is killed in her military barracks in Dharan, Saudi Arabia
13. In 1998, 13 Years ago Today, R. Kelly’s hit single “I Believe I Can Fly” win Best Male R&B Vocal, Best Song Written for TV or a Movie and Best R&B Song Grammy Awards.
14. In 1999, 12 Years ago Today, White supremacist John King, one of three white men accused of chaining James Byrd to a pickup and dragging him along a Texas road until he was decapitated, was sentenced to death by lethal injection. If his death penalty is carried out, he will be the first white Texan executed for killing a black since slavery ended….