1963- W.E.B. Du Bois, scholar and founder of NAACP, died in Accra, Ghana.
1955- 14 year-old Emmett Till was kidnapped and lynched in Money, Mississippi, for allegedly whistling at a white female at a local grocery shop.
1962- Malvin R. Goode becomes the first African American television news commentator when he began working at ABC.
1983- Lieutenant Colonel Guion S. Bluford Jr. became the first African American US astronaut enters.
1935- In Beaumont, Texas, American professional baseball player and manager Frank Robinson was born. He was the first Black manager in major league baseball.
1975- Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James Jr. promoted to rank of four-star general and named commander-in-chief of the North American Air Defense Command.