1953- Clarence S. Green became the first African American certified in neurological surgery.
1947- The NAACP, led by W.E.B. DuBois, sent a petition to the United Nations titled “An Appeal to the World,” to call attention to rampant acts of racial injustice against people of color.
1948- Activist Kweisi Mfume was born in Baltimore, Maryland, as Frizzell Gray. Mfume went on to become NAACP President in 1996.
1990- Evander Holyfield knocked out James “Buster” Douglas during the third round of their boxing match, awarding Holyfield as the World Heavyweight Champion.
1977- Dr. Clifton R. Wharton Jr. was named the chancellor of State University of New York.
1954- Benjamin O. Davis Jr. became the first African American general in the U.S. Air Force.