On this day Granville T. Woods patented the Electric Railway Conduit. This invention allowed electricity to be sent to trains in a more effective, safe and efficient manner.
On this day inventor Garrett Morgan received a patent for his invention, the three-position traffic signal.
On this day Robert Edward Chambliss, the evil Alabama Ku Klux Klansman was convicted of murder for the 1963 bombing of a Birmingham church that killed four black girls.
On this day George W. Bush named Condoleezza Rice as Secretary of State. By doing so, she became the first Black woman ever to hold that position.
On this day Sir William Arthur Lewis won the Nobel Prize for economics for his pioneering research on developing nations, the first black person to win a Nobel aside from the peace prize.