1. In 1773, 238 Years ago Today, Poet Phillis Wheatley, born a slave in 1754, was freed and her first book of poetry, Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, was published. The book of poetry is said to have been widely acclaimed in the United States and England.
2. In 1824, 187 Years ago Today, Osai Tutu Kwamina defeats the British at Assamaka, Ashanti.
3. In 1830, 181 Years ago Today, Portsmouth (Ohio) Blacks forcibly deported by order of city officials.
4. In 1891, 120 Years ago Today, P. D. Smith Received Patent for Potato Digger
5. In 1933, 78 Years ago Today, The All Black American Bridge Association was founded.
6. In 1964, 47 Years ago Today, Carl T. Rowan named director of the United States Information Agency.
7. In 1971, 40 Years ago Today, Twelve Black congressman boycotted Richard Nixon’s State of the Union message because of his “consistent refusal” to respond to the petitions of Black Americans.
8. In 2006, 5 Years ago Today, Lovie Smith Became the First Black head Coach to lead his team (Chicago Bears) to the Superbowl by winning the NFC Championship.
9. In 2006, 5 Years ago Today, Tony Dungy Became the Second Black head Coach to lead his team (Indianapolis Colts) to the super bowl by winning the AFC Championship.