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1787: First free school for blacks opened in New York City.
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1983: Bill proclaiming Martin Luther King Jr., birthday as a national holiday was signed by President Reagan.
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1942: William Dawson became the first black elected to congress from Illinois.
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1879: T. Elkins patented a refrigerating apparatus.
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1974: George Brown became first black Lt. Governor in U.S.(Colorado).
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1900: James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosmund composed 'Lift Every Voice and Sing'.
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1989: David Dimkens became New York City`s first black mayor.
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1966: Edward W. Brooke, of Massachusetts, became the first black U.S. Senator since Reconstruction.
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1868: Howard University Medical school opened.
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1960: Andrew Hatcher was named Associate Press Secretary to President John Kennedy.
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VETERANS Day

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1941: Madame Lillian Evanti founded the National Negro Opera Company.
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1839: First Anti-slavery political party Liberty Party was organized.
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1915: Booker T. Washington died of a heart attack at Tuskegee Institute.
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1966: Bill Russell became the first black coach of the Boston Celtic`s team 1st black to coach in Nat. Basketball Assoc.
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1981: Pam Johnson became the first black woman to head daily newspaper as publisher of the Ithica Journal in New York.
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1911: Omega Psi Phi Fraternity founded at Howard University.
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Klu Klux Klan member convicted of 1963 church bombing that killed four young black girls in Birmingham, Alabama.
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1953: Roy Campanella was named MVP in the National Baseball League.
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1989: Fredrick C. Gregory became the first black to command a space shuttle with the launch of Discovery.
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1949: Baseball great Jackie Robinson was awarded the Freedom Foundation Medal.
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1963: President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas.
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THANKSGIVING Day

1897: J.L. Love patented the pencil sharpener.
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1908: Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Civil Rights Activist, was born in New Haven CT.
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1797: Sojourner Truth, a slave, was born Isabelle Baumfree in Ulster County, New York.
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1990: Charles Johnson was awarded the National Book Award for fiction for Middle Passage.
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1929: Motown recording executive Berry Gordon Jr., was born in Detroit, Michigan.
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1905: The Chicago defender began publication.
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1897: A.J. Sweeting patented a cigarette rolling device.
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