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Harold Washington, Chicago's first African American mayor, was born. He served as Mayor until his death in 1987

Max Robinson was the first African American broadcast network news anchor in the history of American television..

the Alabama Legislature is moving to grant posthumous pardons to the Scottsboro Boys—the nine black teenagers arrested…in 1931 and convicted by all-white juries of raping two white women. The trials were feverish displays of American racism and injustice that stirred a lynch mob…The travesty…eventually resulted in landmark Supreme Court rulings on the right to adequate counsel and prohibiting the exclusion of black people from juries. The case consumed the lives of the nine men, even after…

Anne Wiggins Brown, soprano, the first African American vocalist admitted to the Julliard School. Brown was born August 9, 1912 in Baltimore, Maryland.

The "Standing Lincoln" in Chicago's Lincoln Park. Around Chicago in 85 Tours.

Mayor Harold Washington, first African American Major of Chicago.

Carl Maxie Brashear (January 19, 1931 – July 25, 2006) was the 1st African American to become a U.S. Navy Master Diver, rising to the position in 1970. His life story is dramatized in the 2000 motion picture Men of Honor, in which he was portrayed by actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. Brashear enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Feb 25, 1948, shortly after the Navy had been desegregated by President Truman. He graduated from the U.S. Navy Diving & Salvage School 1954-1st African-American to attend & graduate.