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1842: The First Fugitive Slave Case – Capture of George Latimer in Boston led to first of the fugitive slave cases which embittered North and South. Boston abolitionists raised money to purchase Latimer from his slaveholder.

1911: The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity was founded at Howard University on this date in 1911. Edgar A. Love, Oscar J. Cooper, and Frank Coleman were it’s founding members.

1972: Sixteen Blacks were elected to Congress. Andrew Young of Atlanta was the first Black elected to Congress from the Deep South since the Reconstruction era. Also elected for the first time were Barbara Jordan (Tex.) and Yvonne Brathwaite Burke (Calif.). Republican Senator Edward W. Brooke of Massachusetts was overwhelmingly endorsed for a second term.

1978: FBI Agents Charles D. Brennan and George C. Moore reportedly testified, on this date in 1978, that FBI surveillance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was based “solely” on J. Edgar Hoover’s hatred of him.

1980: WHMM-TV in Washington, DC becomes the first African American broadcasting television station.