This Month in Black History
Granville T Woods received a patent for his railway telegraphy. His invention made it possible for moving trains to communicate with one another which helped to decrease rail accidents.
John H Johnson published the first issue of Ebony Magazine November.
Edward W Brooke became the first African American elected to the United States Senate by popular vote. He was elected Senator from the state of Massachusetts.
Shirley Chisholm became the first Black woman elected to the United States House of Representatives. She was elected to Congress from the state of New York.
President Ronald Reagan signed Publid Law 98-144 designating the 3rd Monday in January a federal holiday to commemorate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Orbiter Discovery launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida with astronaut Frederick Gregory as spacecraft commander.
Carol Moseley Braun became the first black woman elected to the United States Senate. She was elected to represent Illinois.
Barack Hussein Obama was elected 44th President of the United States.