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1997 - First Black Mayor of Houston, Texas

Lee Brown became Houston's first black mayor narrowly defeating businessman Rob Mosbacher.
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1997 - Grambling coach,Eddie Robinson who is the winniest coach in college football h

Grambling coach,Eddie Robinson who is the winniest coach in college football hisrory, coaches his last game.
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1981 - Grace Ann Bumbry

Grace Ann Bumbry participated in a benefit concert put on by Artists to End Hunger.
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1971 - Lewis Franklin Powell confirmed as Supreme Court

Lewis Franklin Powell confirmed as Supreme Court justice despite opposition of civil rights organizations.
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1961 - Dr. Frantz O. Fanon author, dies

Dr. Frantz O. Fanon author, dies in Washington, D.C.. He penned "Black Skins, White Masks", and "Wretched of the Earth"
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1960 - pledges of nondiscrimination

In Tucson, 500 store owners, Ariz sign pledges of nondiscrimination, 1960
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1949 - Blues legend Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter, dies

Blues legend Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter, dies
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1892 - birthday, Theodore Lawless

medicine pioner, Theodore Lawless, born, 1892
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1890 - Sgt. Thomas Shaw earned Congressional Medal of Honor.

Sgt. Thomas Shaw earned Congressional Medal of Honor.
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1875 - Forty-fourth Congress (1875-77) Convened

Forty-fourth Congress (1875-77) convened with historic high of eight Blacks. One U.S. senator, Blanche K. Bruce, Mississippi. Seven Black congressmen: Jeremiah Haralson, Alabama; Josiah T. Walls, Florida; John R. Lynch, Mississippi; John A. Hyman, North Carolina; Charles E. Nash, Louisiana; Joseph H. Rainey, Robert Smalls, South Carolina.
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1871 - P.B.S. Pinchback elected president

P.B.S. Pinchback is elected president pro tem of the Louisiana Senate and acting lieutenant governor. He is the first African American to serve in these positions in state government.
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1869 - Colleges and Universities Founded

Among the colleges and universities founded in 1869 were Clark, Claflin, Dillard and Tougaloo Colleges.
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1869 - National Black Labor convention

National Black labor convention met in Washington.
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1869 - Harris Elected Pres.

James M. Harris of North Carolina elected president.
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1849 - Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery in Maryland,

Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery in Maryland, summer. She returned to the South nineteen times and brought out more than three hundred slaves.
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