On This Day in Black History: October 2
1795
Tula, leader of a slave revolt, was sentenced to death in Curaçao.
1800
Nat Turner, leader of a major slave revolt, was born.
1833
1904
Genocide in Southwest Africa (Namibia) was precipitated when General Von Trotha General's issued his "words to the Herero people": "I, the great General of the German soldiers, send this letter to the Herero people. The Herero are no longer German subjects. ... The Herero nation must...leave the country. If they do not leave, I will force them out with the Groot Rohr (cannon). Every Herero, armed or unarmed...will be shot dead within the German borders. I will no longer accept women and children, but will force them back to their people or shoot at them."
1935
Emperor Haile Selassie ordered a general mobilization of his troops as Italian forces were positioned to attack Abbysinia on its borders with Eritrea and Italian Somaliland.
1935
Major Robert H. Lawrence, Jr., the first African-American selected by NASA to be an astronaut, was born.
1958
Guinea achieved independence from France.
1967
Thurgood Marshall was sworn in, becoming the first black U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
1986
The U.S. Senate, in a 78 to 21 vote, overrode President Ronald Reagan's veto and imposed sanctions on South Africa.

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