top of page


NOVEMBER 1, 1945:

The very first issue of EBONY Magazine was published by John H. Johnson.


NOVEMBER 2, 1903:

Maggie Lee Walker became the first Black woman to head a  U.S. bank when St. Luke Penny Savings Bank opened in Richmond, VA.



NOVEMBER 3, 1992:

Carol Mosely Braun of Illinois made history be becoming the first and only African-American woman elected to the United States Senate.


NOVEMBER 4, 1983:

Rev. Jesse Jackson announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination on or close to this day.

NOVEMBER 5, 1968:

Shirley Chisholm became the first Black woman elected to Congress. 


NOVEMBER 6, 1960:

Sharon Pratt Dixon (now Kelly) became the first woman elected mayor of Washington, D.C.



NOVEMBER 7, 1989:

Lawrence Douglas Wilder became the first Black governor in the U.S.


NOVEMBER 8, 1966:

Edward William Brooke III became the first African American to be elected to the Senate by popular vote when he was elected as a Republican.



NOVEMBER 9, 1868:

Howard University's Medical School opened with eight students and five faculty members.



NOVEMBER 10, 1957:

Charlie Sifford became the first African American to win a major golf tournament when he won the Long Beach Open.



NOVEMBER 11, 1979:

The Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial Museum and National Archives for Black Women's History opened to the public. 


NOVEMBER 12, 1775:

Gen. George Washington decreed that no black, free or enslaved, could be recruited to fight.


NOVEMBER 13, 1951:

Janet Collins, the first African-American prima ballerina, broke a color barrier after her performance in a production of "Aida".



NOVEMBER 14, 1960:

At the age of six, Ruby Bridges became the first African-American child to integrate a white Southern elementary school.


NOVEMBER 15, 1894:

The Freedmen's Hospital School of Nursing was founded for African Americans by surgeon Dr. Daniel Hale Williams.


NOVEMBER 16, 2001:

Nigerian model and student, Agbani Darego, became the first woman from sub-Saharan African to win the Miss World crown. She was eighteen years old when she was crowned.



NOVEMBER 17, 1980:

WHMM-TV (Howard Multimedia) in Washington, D.C. went on air for the first time. 

NOVEMBER 18, 1992:

The "Malcolm X" biopic, produced by Spike Lee, opened in theaters.



NOVEMBER 19, 1983:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar fo the Los Angeles Lakers became the second player in NBA history to score 30,000 points.


NOVEMBER 20, 1923:

The U.S. Patent Office granted a patent to Garrett Morgan for his three-position traffic signal.



NOVEMBER 21, 1934:

Ella Fitzgerald performed at Harlem's Apollo Theater for the first Amateur night. She was seventeen years old.


NOVEMBER 22, 1986:

Mike Tyson became the youngest heavywieght champ in the world.

NOVEMBER 23, 1897:

John Lee Love received a patent for inventing the portable Pencil Sharpener.



NOVEMBER 24, 2001:

Terry Porter of the San Antonio Spurs became the only player in NBA history to record 18,000 points, 7,000 assits, 1,000 steals, aand 1,000 3-pointers.



NOVEMBER 25, 1922:

Marcus Garvey gave a speech to explain the objectives of the Univeral Negro Improvement ASsociation, the organizaiton he beleived would lead the worldwide movement toward black liberation.


NOVEMBER 26, 2013:

The United States Postal Service issued the Kwanza stamp in the "Holiday Celebrations" series.



NOVEMBER 27, 2008:

Aretha Franklin earned the number one spot on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Singers list.


NOVEMBER 28, 1961:

Ernie Davis became the first African American to be awarded the Heisman Trophy as college football's top player of the year.


NOVEMBER 29, 1997:

Eddie Robinson coached his last football game at Grambling State University.


NOVEMBER 30, 1711:

On Wall Street, in New YOrk City, a marked that auctioned enslaved people fo African ancestry was established by a Common Council Law.


bottom of page