On This Day in Black History: December 22
1898
Historian and author Chancellor Williams was born.
1943
W.E.B. Du Bois becomes the first African-American to be elected to the National Institute of Arts and Letters.
1953
Twenty-four Kikuyu tribesmen are sentenced to death in Kenya for their part in the Lari massacre, where 97 so-called loyalists were brutally murdered.
1960
Painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, initially a grafitti artist who went on to win international acclaim as an avant-garde artist, was born.
1984
Bernhard Goetz, a 45-year-old white male, shoots four young black men on a New York subway, after they asked him for money in an intimidating way;
1987
Three white teenagers involved in the Howard Beach attack were found guilty of manslaughter in the death of a black man.
1988
South Africa signed an accord granting independence to South-West Africa.
1992
President-elect Bill Clinton named Clifford R. Wharton Jr. undersecretary of state, the highest position held by a black in that department.
1993
The interim constitution--The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1993 (Act No. 200)--was ratified, bringing an end to the apartheid legal order.
1997
The Cairo Declaration on Somalia was signed by leaders of the rival factions in an effort to bring peace and reconciliation to the Republic of Somalia.
2001
Shani Davis became the first African-American to qualify for the United States Olympic speed skating team.
2003
Human Rights Watch criticized the peace agreement between the major parties in Burundiís ten-year civil war for granting immunity from prosecution for atrocities committed against civilians.
2003
The UN Security Council voted unanimously to maintain sanctions on Liberia including an arms embargo and a ban on importing diamonds from the West African nation.

Today's Featured Page
King Jaja of Opobo
Strategically located between Bonny and the production areas of the hinterland, King Jaja controlled trade and politics in the Niger Delta. More...


Previously Featured Pages
The Golden Stool of the Asante
The Golden Stool of the Asante contains the soul or sunsum of the nation. It is considered to be so sacred that no one is allowed to sit on it. More...

Dr. George Carruthers
Dr. Carruthers is an astrophysicist of international renown. He was the principal inventor of the first moon-based observatory, the Far Ultraviolet Camera/Spectrograph—a combination spectograph and camera, with an electron intensifier—used for the Apollo 16 mission to the moon in 1972. More...

Dr. Carter G. Woodson
In 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson inaugurated Negro History Week. More...

The Fall of Benin
On February 17, 1897, Benin City fell to the British. On that fateful day in history, the city of Benin lost its independence, its sovereignty, its Oba (king), its control of trade, and its pride. More...

Queen Nzinga
Queen Nzinga's meeting with the Portugese governor, recorded by a Dutch artist, is legendary in the history of Africa's confrontations with Europe. More...

Dr. Carter G. Woodson
In 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson inaugurated Negro History Week. More...