BLACK HISTORY ON THIS DAY

1865 JS Rock, 1st African American lawyer to be  admitted to bar & practice in US Supreme Court

1810 American Insurance Co of Philadelphia – 1st insurance company managed by African Americans

1871 Jefferson Long of Georgia -1st African American to make an official speech in US House of Representatives (opposing leniency to former Confederates)

1957 1st black pilot on a US scheduled passenger airline (Perry H Young Jr.) 

1960 4 students known as the A&T four or Greensboro 4 stage civil rights sit-in, at Woolworth’s in Greensboro, North Carolina

1978 Harriet Tubman 1st African American woman to be honored on a US postage stamp

 

TODAY YOU SHARE A BIRTHDAY WITH:

Big Boi from Outkast 43Rick James (1948-2004) , Harry Styles 25, Ronda Rousey 32, Lauren Conrad 33, Langston Hughes (1902-1967), Pauly Shore 51, Clark Gable (1901-1960), Sherman Hemsley (1938-2012), Lisa Marie Presley 

 

 

TODAY’S NATIONAL CALENDAR

National Freedom Day (Freedom From Slavery)

National Get Up Day

National Baked Alaska Day

National Serpent Day

National Texas Day

National Wear Red Day – First Friday in February

Bubble Gum Day – First Friday in February

 

 

EVENTS

 

1790 US Supreme Court convenes for 1st time (NYC)

1810 American Insurance Co of Philadelphia – 1st insurance company managed by African Americans

1862 “Battle Hymn of Republic”– published by Julia Howe

1865 13th amendment approved (National Freedom Day)

1865 JS Rock, 1st African American lawyer to be  admitted to bar & practice in US Supreme Court,

1867 Bricklayers start working 8-hour days

1871 Jefferson Long of Georgia -1st African American to make an official speech in US House of Representatives (opposing leniency to former Confederates)

1906 Leavenworth, Kansas 1st federal penitentiary building completed

1920 1st commercial armored car introduced (St Paul, Minnesota)

1949 RCA released 1st single record ever (45 rpm)

1954 1st TV soap opera “Secret Storm” premieres

1957 1st black pilot on a US scheduled passenger airline (Perry H Young Jr.) 

1958 “Volare” (“Nel blu dipinto di blu”) single released by Domenico Modugno (Grammy Award Record of the Year, Song of the Year 1958)

1959 Swiss men vote against voting rights for women

1960 4 students known as the A&T four or Greensboro 4 stage civil rights sit-in, at Woolworth’s in Greensboro, North Carolina

1964 Indiana Governor Mathew Walsh tried to ban the song “Louie Louie” for obscenity

1965 Martin Luther King Jr. & 700 demonstrators arrested in Selma Ala

1972  (HP-35) 1st scientific hand-held calculator introduced ($395)

1973 Outfielder Monte Irvin is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Special Committee on the Negro Leagues; fourth inductee through the committee

1978 Harriet Tubman 1st African American woman to be honored on a US postage stamp

1978 Director Roman Polanski pleads guilty to charges of engaging in sex with a 13-year-old girl then skips bail & fled to France

1980 “Call Me” single released by Blondie Billboard Song of the Year 1980

1981 Duke Ellington’s “Sophisticated Ladies,”musical premieres in NYC

1982 “Late Night With David Letterman” debuts on NBC-TV, Bill Murray 1st guest

1986 Diana Ross marries Norwegian businessman Arne Naess in Switzerland

1991 American writer John Grisham published his 2nd novel “The Firm” (bestselling novel of the year)

1992 Barry Bonds signs highest single year contract in MLB history, $4.7 million with Pittsburgh Pirates

1994 Jeff Gillooly pleads guilty in attack on American Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan; plea bargain, confesses to racketeering in exchange for testimony implicating ex-wife Tonya Harding

1994 The Fugees released their debut album “Blunted on Reality”

1996 The Communications Decency Act is passed by the U.S. Congress.

1998 Lillian E. Fishburne 1st female African American to be promoted to rear admiral.

2003 Space Shuttle Columbia explodes, killing all 7 astronauts aboard.

2004  Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction exposing her breast during the half-time show of Super Bowl XXXVIII, resulting in US broadcasters adopting a stronger FCC censorship guidelines.

2005 Canada introduces the Civil Marriage Act, making Canada the fourth country to sanction same-sex marriage

2009 Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir 1st female Prime Minister of Iceland, becoming 1st openly gay Head of Government

2016 Google’s parent company Alphabet, surpasses Apple as the world’s most valuable company ($568bn vs $535bn)