1. In 1794, 217 Years ago Today, France abolishes slavery. The nation will have a lukewarm commitment to abolition and will, some eight years later, under Napoleon, reestablish slavery in 1802 along with the reinstitution of the “Code noir”, prohibiting blacks, mulattoes and other people of color from entering French colonial territory or intermarrying with whites.
2. In 1896, 115 Years ago Today, W. H. Johnson received Patent for Overcoming Dead Centers
3. In 1970, 41 Years ago Today, “I Want You Back” by the Jackson Five is the #1 Pop hit, The song was their debut single and the first of four consecutive #1 pop hits. Michael, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon Jackson followed up with “ABC”, “The Love You Saved”, and “I’ll Be There”
4. In 1971, 40 Years ago Today, National Guard mobilized to quell rioting in Wilmington, North Carolina.
5. In 1986, 25 Years ago Today, Sojourner Truth stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service
6. In 1996, 15 Years ago Today, J.C. Watts becomes the first Black selected to respond to a state of the unioun address.
7. In 2007, 4 Years ago Today, Tony Dungy Became the First Black head Coach (Indianapolis Colts) to Win The Superbowl beating the Chicago Bears 29-17.
8. In 2009, 2 Years ago Today, President Barack Obama signed the Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act