Dr. Robert Clifton Weaver was sworn in as Administrator of the Housing and Home Finance Agency on this date in 1961. To date, no other Black held a higher ranking federal position.
Clifford Alexander, Jr. became the first Black Secretary of the Army on this date in 1977.
Barbara C. Harris was ordained the first woman Bishop in the Episcopal Church on this date in 1989.
Mike Tyson was knocked out by James "Buster" Douglas on this date in 1990 in the 10th round of a Tokyo, Japan, match. This was one of the greatest upsets in boxing's history.
Nelson R. Mandela, South Africa's Black nationalist leader, was released from prison after 27 years on this date in 1990. Four years after his release, he was elected President of South Africa.