This Month in Black History
The US Navy admits black women into the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service). Harriet Ida Pickens (l) and Frances Wills (r) were the first black female commissioned officers.
Ralph Bunche becomes the first black man to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wins the Nobel Peace Prize.
Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first Black Supreme Court Justice.
Colin Powell began serving as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Toni Morrison wins the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Barack Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize.
Simone Biles wins her 5th consecutive all-around world gymnastic title and wins her 25th world medal, the most held by any gymnast.