1. In 1870, 140 Years ago Today, Joseph H. Rainey, is sworn in as congressman (served five terms)
2. In 1872, 138 Years ago Today, Attorney General George Williams sent a telegram to “Acting Governor Pinchback,” saying that the Black politician “was recognized by the President as the lawful executive of Louisiana.”
3. In 1892, 118 Years ago Today, F. J. Loudin received Patent for Sash Fastener
4. In 1899, 111 Years ago Today, A. C. Richardson Received Patent for Bottle
5. In 1899, 111 Years ago Today, George. F. Grant received Patent (#638,920)for his invention of the Golf Tee
6. In 1900, 110 Years ago Today, National Negro Anthem, (Lift Every Voice and Sing) composed by James Weldon and James Rosamond Johnson.
7. In 1938, 72 Years ago Today, U.S. Supreme Court rules in Missouri that a state must provide equal educational facilities for Blacks within its boundaries. Lloyd Gaines, the plaintiff in the case, disappeared after the decision and was never located.
8. In 1961, 49 Years ago Today, More than seven hundred demonstrators, including Martin Luther King Jr., arrested in Albany, Ga., in five mass marches on city hall to protest segregation. Arrests triggered militant Albany movement.
9. In 1963, 47 Years ago Today, Kenya proclaimed independent.
10. In 1963, 47 Years ago Today, Medgar Wiley Evers awarded Spingarn Medal posthumously for his civil rights leadership.
11. In 1975, 35 Years ago Today, The National Association of Black Journalists 3000 members strong with 74 affiliated professional chapters and 51 student chapters, is the largest media organization for people of color in the world. Founded December 12, 1975, our mission is to strengthen ties among African-American journalists, promote diversity in…
12. In 1995, 15 Years ago Today, Willie Brown defeats incumbent mayor Frank Jordan to become 1st African American mayor of San Francisco
13. In 1996, 14 Years ago Today, Kofi Annan, longtime diplomat from Ghaha, name secretary general for the UN