Black History Month Facts of the Day: Feb 2nd

On every single day of Black History Month this February, we will provide you with a daily fact that occurred on the same day in a past year in history.

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On every single day of Black History Month this February, we will provide you with a daily fact that occurred on the same day in a past year in history.

Today’s Black History Month facts focus on Washington D.C. and President Harry Truman.

Check out the facts below:

- In 1839 Inventor Edmond Berger patented the spark plug.

- In 1862 District of Columbia abolishes slavery

- In 1914 artist William Ellisworth was born in Washington, N.C.

- In 1948 President Truman sent Congress an Anti-Lynching Message urging adoption of a civil rights program, including a fair employment practices commission and anti-lynching and anti-poll tax measures.

- In 1962 Seven whites and four blacks were arrested after all-night sit-in at Englewood, N.J., city hall. Four Black mothers arrested after sit-in at Chicago elementary school. Mothers later received suspended $50 fines.

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