1942- Composer, songwriter, musician and singer Isaac Hayes was born in Covington, Tennessee.
1943- Harriet M. West became the first Black woman major in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC).
1989- Black Panther Party co-founder Huey P. Newton was gunned down by a member of the Black Guerrilla Family drug ring in Oakland, California.
1954- Computer scientist, geologist and engineer Philip Emeagwali was born in Akure, Nigeria.
1950- Chicago attorney Edith Sampson was named the first Black representative in the U.S. delegation to the United Nations.
1925- The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters organized a mass meeting in Hall at Elks Hall. The union became one of the most successful organized efforts for railroad porters and attendants who worked with small wages and benefits.