1. In 1874, 136 Years ago Today, Massacre in Mississippi, White Democrats killed seventy-five Republicans in massacre at Vicksburg, Mississippi.
2. In 1885, 125 Years ago Today, Forty-ninth Congress (1885-87) convened. Two Black congressmen: James E. O’Hara, North Carolina; Robert Smalls, South Carolina.
3. In 1885, 125 Years ago Today, Seventy-four Blacks reported lynched in 1885.
4. In 1941, 69 Years ago Today, Dorie Miller of Waco, Texas, messman on USS Arizona, manned machine gun during Pearl Harbor attacks and downed four Japanese war planes. He was awarded the Navy Cross.
5. In 1941, 69 Years ago Today, Lester Granger named executive director of the National Urban League.
6. In 1941, 69 Years ago Today, Spingarn Medal presented to novelist Richard Wright, “one of the most powerful of contemporary writer,” for “his powerful depiction in his books, ‘Uncle Tom’s Children,’ and ‘Native Son,’ of the effect of proscription, segregation and denial of opportunities to the American Negro.”
7. In 1959, 51 Years ago Today, Little Anthony and the Imperials return to the Top Forty with “Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko Bop,” a dance tune.
8. In 1972, 38 Years ago Today, W. Sterling Cary elected president of the Nation Council of Churches.
9. In 1978, 32 Years ago Today, Billy Sims is awarded the Heisman trophy
10. In 1981, 29 Years ago Today, John Jacobs is named president of the National Urban League