On This Day in Black History: November 26
1878
Major Taylor, American and world bicycle racing champion and known as the fastest bicycle rider in the world, was born.
1883
Abolitionist and women's rights pioneer Sojourner Truth died.
1923
Howard Carter discovered Tutankhamen's tomb.
1968
The new Race Relations Act in Britain made it illegal to refuse housing, employment or public services to people because of their ethnic background.
1970
Charles Gordone received the Pulitzer Prize for his play, No Place to Be Somebody.
1970
Benjamin O. Davis, Sr., the first black general in the U.S., died.
1992
In South Africa, President F.W. de Klerk announced that full multi-racial elections would be held in April 1994.

Today's Featured Page
The Emancipation Act
On August 1, 1834, the Emancipation Act came into force, after fifty years of bitter debate in Britain over the morality and profitability of slavery. It did not abolish servitude, but it was the first significant promise of freedom. More...


Previously Featured Pages
Dr. Charles Drew
In 1940, Charles Drew earned his Doctor of Medical Science Degree, and his dissertation was on the concept of "banked blood"—storing blood as plasma to increase storage life. More...

Bessie Coleman
Bessie Coleman became the first black woman ever to fly an airplane and the first African American to earn an international pilot's license. More...

Onesimus
Onesimus' recollection of a traditional African medical practice saved numerous lives and sparked the introduction of smallpox inoculation in the United States. More...

Mary Seacole
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, a quarter-century before the abolition of slavery to a free black woman and a Scottish army officer, Mary Seacole (née Grant) went on to become famous for her outstanding humanitarian work in the Crimean War. More...

Cetshwayo
In 1873, Cetshwayo succeeded his father Mpande and the Zulu nation resurfaced as a powerful force in Southern Africa. Like his predecessors, he wanted to avoid conflict with the white settlers but he was obstructing the imperial endeavour. More...

Dr. Meredith C. Gourdine
Born in 1929 in Newark, New Jersey, Meredith Gourdine was a physicist, pioneer researcher and inventor in the field of electrogasdynamics, a process dealing with the action of charged particles moving through a gas stream. More...