1. 1999-White supremacist John King, one of three white men accused of chaining James Byrd to a pickup and dragging him along a Texas road until he was decapitated, was sentenced to death by lethal injection. If his death penalty is carried out, he will be the first white Texan executed for killing a black since slavery ended.
  2. 1998-R. Kelly’s hit single “I Believe I Can Fly” wins Best Male R&B Vocal, Best Song written for TV or a Movie and Best R&N Song Grammy Awards.
  3. 1991-Adrienne Mitchell, first African American woman to die in combat in the Persian Gulf War is killed in her military barracks in Dharan, Saudi Arabia.
  4. 1989-Boxer Mike Tyson becomes the undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World by defeating challenger Frank Bruno of England.
  5. 1987-Edward Daniel Nixon, former president of the Georgia NAACP, died at age 87.
  6. 1980-Robert E. Hayden, poet and poetry consultant to the Library of Congress, died.
  7. 1978-Death of Daniel (“Chappie”) James Jr. (58), retired Air Force general and the first Black promoted to four-star rank, at the Air Force Academy, Colorado.
  8. 1975-Death of Elijah Muhammad (77), leader of the Nation of Islam, in Chicago. He was succeeded by his son, Wallace D. Muhammad.
  9. 1971-President Nixon met with members of the Congressional Black Caucus and appointed a White House panel to study a list of recommendations made by the group.
  10. 1964-Muhammad Ali defeated Sonny Liston for World Heavyweight Boxing Championship.
  11. 1964-Nat “King” Cole, the singer with the “Golden Voice”, died.
  12. 1948-Martin Luther King ordained as a Baptist minister.
  13. 1928-“One Man Show of Art by Negro, First of Kind Here, Opens Today,” read the headline of a front-page article in “The New York Times” on this day. The article announced the opening of Archibald J. Motley, Jr’s show at the New Gallery on Madison Avenue. This was the first time in History that an artist had made the front page of “The New York Times” and it was the second one-person show by an African-American artist (the first being Henry O. Tanner). African scenes, voodoo dances, and African-Americans at leisure were themes presented by the artist.
  14. 1870-Hirman R. Revels of Mississippi sworn in as first Black U.S. Senator and first Black representative in Congress.
  15. 1839-Seminoles and their Black allies shipped from Tampa Bay, Florida, to the West.image