1. In 1870, Joseph H. Rainey became the first Black member of Congress. A portrait in his honor was finally placed in the U.S. Capitol Building in 2006.
2. In 1894, Henry Ossawa Tanner wins the Medal of Honor at the Paris Exposition for his paintings. He was the first African-American painter to gain international acclaim for his work. Tanner was born in Pittsburgh. In fact, he eventually moved to Paris because of opposition to black artists in the United States. His most famous painting is “The Banjo Player.”
3. In 1944, US Navy opened to Black women.
4. In 1998, Ken Griffey Jr. (Seattle Mariners) Wins his ninth (9th) consecutive gold glove award.