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1796*
Boston African Society was established with forty-four members.


1805*
The African Baptist Church is organized in Boston, Mass.


1865*

Explorer and first to reach the North Pole, Matthew A Henson, born, 1865


1885*
African-American inventor, William C. Carter, patented an umbrella stand (U.S. patent#323,397).


1907 *

Benny Carter, saxophonist, born

1934*

Julian Dixon, elected to Congress representing California's 28th District in 1978, born

1968*
Riot, Miami, Florida. National Guard mobilized to put down rioting which erupted while Republicans were holding national convention in Miami Beach.

1989*

Congressman George Thomas "Mickey" Leland, members of his congressional staff, and State Department officials die in a plane crash near Gambela, Ethiopia.




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