A Moment in Time: July 4th

Updated: July 4, 2013
  • 1776 The Declaration of Independence was formally adopted. A section denouncing the slave  trade and the institution of slavery was deleted.
  • 1779 The French fleet      occupied and recaptured Grenada. The island, previously ceded to the  British under the Treaty of Paris in 1763, was returned to them  permanently under the Treaty of Versailles in 1783.
  • 1875 White Democrats  killed several blacks in terrorist attacks in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
  • 1876 E.M.  Bannister won the gold medal for his painting “Under the Oaks” at  the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 1883 Lemington Elder Care Services, one of the first  African-American elderly nursing homes in the United States and the oldest      in existence, opened its doors.
  • 1910 Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion,  successfully defended his heavyweight championship by knocking out “The  Great White Hope,” Jim Jeffries, who had come out of retirement to   reclaim his title for the white race.
  • 1936 Despite Haile      Selassie’s appeal to the League of Nations to protect Ethiopia, the League   voted to end economic sanctions against Italy.
  • 1959 The Cayman Islands, initially administered as a dependency  of Jamaica, became an independent colony.
  • 1963 Marian Anderson  and Ralph Bunche  were the first recipients of the Medals of Freedom from President John  Kennedy, who originated of the award.
  • 1970 Race riots began  in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
  • 1972 The NAACP adopted   a resolution accusing President Richard Nixon of “leading the mob in its   assault upon the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause.”
  • 1973 The Treaty of Chaguaramas, establishing the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM), was signed at Chaguaramas,   Trinidad.
  • 1979 Ahmed   Ben Bella was released in Algeria after being held as a political  prisoner for fourteen years.

Source: http://blackhistorypages.net/index.php

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