1. In 1884, 126 Years ago Today, Granville T. Woods Received Patent for Telephone Transmitter (variation), The telephone was invented by Granville T. Woods. His invention was far more superior to the invention of Alexander Graham Bell.
2. In 1891, 119 Years ago Today, Fifty-second Congress convened. One Black congressman: Henry P. Cheatham, North Carolina.
3. In 1891, 119 Years ago Today, Institutions Of Higher Learning, North Carolina A&T College, Delaware State College and West Virginia State College established.
4. In 1891, 119 Years ago Today, One hundred and thirteen Blacks were reported lynched
5. In 1895, 115 Years ago Today, Fifty-fourth Congress (1895-97) convened. One Black congressman: George W. Murray, South Carolina.
6. In 1912, 98 Years ago Today, Henry Armstrong, the only boxer to hold three boxing titles simultaneously, is born in Columbus, Ohio
7. In 1923, 87 Years ago Today, Roland Hayes became the first Black to sing in the Symphony Hall in Boston. The 1917 concert did not attract much public attention, but another in the same venue held on this day, was triumphant.
8. In 1953, 57 Years ago Today, Dr. Rufus Clement, president of Atlanta University elected to Atlanta Board of Education.
9. In 1968, 42 Years ago Today, Dial Press publishes Frank Yerby’s “Judas My Brother”
10. In 1969, 41 Years ago Today, Marie V. Brittan Brown patents home security system for the homeowner to view the visitor on a television screen and the visitor also able to view a screen. The homeowner could open the door via a manual lock mechanism. Patent No. 3,482,037 December 2, 1969
11. In 1975, 35 Years ago Today, Ohio State running back Archie Griffin becomes the first person ever to win the Heisman Trophy twice. He will play for the Cincinnati Bengals and be elected to the National Football Hall of Fame in 1986.
12. In 1989, 21 Years ago Today, Andre Ware of the University of Houston becomes the first African American quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy.
13. In 1992, 18 Years ago Today, Maya Angelou is asked to compose a poem for the inauguration of President Bill Clinton