1. 1987-Mae Jemison, M.D. was chosen by NASA to begin training as a space shuttle astronaut.
  2. 1977-Joseph Lawson Howze was installed as bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Biloxi, Mississippi.
  3. 1966-James Meredith wounded by white sniper as he walked along U.S. Highway 51 near Hernando, Mississippi, on second day of 220 -mile voter registration march from Memphis to Jackson. March was continued on June 7 by Martin Luther King Jr., Floyd McKissick, Stokely Carmichael and other civil rights workers. It ended on June 26 with rally of some thirty thousand at Mississippi state capitol. During the three-week march, Carmichael launched the Black Power Movement.
  4. 1950-Frank Petersen enlisted in the Navy. At the age of 20, he was the first Afro-American to be named a naval aviator in the Marine Corp. He was also the first African American to command a fighter squadron, a fighter air group, an air wing, and a major base. Lt. Gen. Frank Petersen, was considered by his friends to be a leader and a gentleman in his affairs.
  5. 1939-Marian Wright Edelman was born on this day.
  6. 1869-Dillard University chartered in New Orleans, La.
  7. 1863-The Battle of Milken’s Bend. In this battle a Negro soldier takes his former master prisoner.
  8.  1831-Second National Black Convention met in Philadelphia. There were fifteen delegates from five states.
  9. 1790-Jean Baptist Pointe Du Sable, a French speaking Santo Domingo native, becomes the first permanent resident and thus founder of Chicago.