1. In 1787, 224 Years ago Today, Philadelphia’s Free African Society organized.
2. In 1858, 153 Years ago Today, John Brown organized raid on Arsenal at Harper’s Ferry.
3. In 1938, 73 Years ago Today, First Black Woman elected to a state legislature, Crystal Byrd Fauset was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
4. In 1944, 67 Years ago Today, Matthew Henson receives a joint medal by Congress for his role as co-discoverer of the North Pole
5. In 1963, 48 Years ago Today, Harvey Gantt entered Clemson College in South Carolina, the last state to hold out against integration. He went on to be an architect and Democratic politician active in North Carolina winning the candidacy for Mayor of Charlotte and served from 1983 to 1987.
6. In 1970, 41 Years ago Today, Arthur Ashe, first Black male to win Wimbledon, is denied entry to compete on the US Team for the South African Open tennis championships.
7. In 1986, 25 Years ago Today, On this day astronaut Ronald McNair & 6 others died in the space shuttle Challenger disaster. Surviving him are his wife Cheryl McNair and children.
8. In 1989, 22 Years ago Today, After 62 years, the Colgate-Palmolive Co. redesigned packaging for its “Darkie” tooth paste made and sold only in Asia. The nickname for Darkie tooth paste was renamed “Darlie” and the blackface sambo like character was changed into a “non-racially offensive” silhouette.
9. In 1997, 14 Years ago Today, At South Africa’s Truth Commission, police confessed to the 1977 murder of Steve Biko.