Alexander Thomas Augusta, first African American faculty member of an American medical school, Howard University, is born free
U.S. Senate refuses to seat P.B.S. Pinchback, elected Senator from Louisiana in 1873, after three years of controversy.
Phyllis Mae Daley, first of four African American Navy nurses to serve active duty in WW II receives her commission as an ensign in the Navy Nurse Corps.
Henry L. Marsh III elected 1st Black mayor of Richmond.
Singer Billy Eckstine died in Pittsburgh at age 78