1. In 1894, 117 Years ago Today, Congress repeals the Enforcement Act which makes it easier for some states to disenfranchise African American voters.
2. In 1898, 113 Years ago Today, A. L. Rickman Received Patent for Overshoe
3. In 1898, 113 Years ago Today, O’Conner & Turner Received Patent for Alarm for coasts containing vessels
4. In 1925, 86 Years ago Today, Marcus Garvey entered federal prison in Atlanta. Students staged strike at Fisk University to protest policies of white administration.
5. In 1938, 73 Years ago Today, Lloyd A. Hall received Patent for Sterilizing Foodstuff
6. In 1944, 67 Years ago Today, Harry S. McAlphin – First African American to accredited to attend White House press conference.
7. In 1968, 43 Years ago Today, Officers killed three students during demonstration on the campus of South Carolina State in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Students were protesting segregation at an Orangeburg bowling alley.
8. In 1978, 33 Years ago Today, Leon Spinks defeated Muhammad Ali for heavyweight boxing championship. Ali regained the title on September 15 and became the person to win the title three times.
9. In 1985, 26 Years ago Today, Brenda Renee Pearson, an official court reporter for the House of Representatives was the first black female to record the State of the Union message delivered by the president in the House chambers.
10. In 1986, 25 Years ago Today, Figure skater Debi Thomas became the first African American to win the Women’s Singles of the U.S. National Figure Skating Championship competition, was a pre-med student at Stanford University. She is now practicing medicine in Southern California.
11. In 1986, 25 Years ago Today, Oprah Winfrey Goes National and becomes the first African American woman to host a nationally syndicated talk show.
12. In 1990, 21 Years ago Today, Andy Rooney, a CBS “60 Minutes” commentator, received a 90-day suspension from work because of racist remarks about African Americans attributed to him by Chris Bull, a New York-based reporter for “The Advocate,” quoted Rooney “I’ve believed all along that most people are born with equal intelligence, but Blacks have watered down thier genes because the less intelligent ones are the ones that have the chidlren. They drop out of school early, do drugs, and get pregnant.”