1977- John T. Walker installed as the first Black bishop of the Episcopal diocese of Washington.
1974- Barbara W. Hancock became the first Black woman named a White House fellow.
1981- Grand Slam tennis sensation Serena Williams was born in Saginaw, California.
1950- Gwendolyn Brooks was awarded and cited as the first African American Pulitzer Prize winner for her book of poetry “Annie Allen”.
1991- Jazz trumpeter and composer Miles Davis died at 65 in Santa Monica, CA, after complications from a stroke.
2001- Mabel Fairbanks, the first Black women to be inducted in the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame, died in Burbank, CA, from acute leukemia.