On this day in Black history…
1. 1970 – Nationalists disrupted UN session on Congo with demonstration for slain Congo Premier Patrice Lumumba.
2. 1968 – On this day Henry Lewis becomes the first African American to lead a symphony orchestra in the United States.
3. 1965 – Nat King Cole (45), singer and pianist, died in Santa Monica, California.
4. 1964 – Louis Armstrong’s “Hello Dolly” recording becomes his first and only number one record.
5. 1851 – Black abolitionists invaded Boston courtroom and rescued a fugitive slave.
6. 1848 – Sarah Roberts barred from white school in Boston. Her father, Benjamin Roberts, filed the first school integration suit on her behalf.
7. 1804 – The New Jersey Legislature approved a law calling for “gradual” emancipation of African Americans. In so doing, New Jersey became the last Northern state to outlaw slavery.