1st black pilot with Continental Airlines who had to go through the Supreme Court to get the job. Marlon Dewitt Green (June 6, 1929 – July 6, 2009) was an African-American pilot whose landmark United States Supreme Court decision in 1963 helped dismantle racial discrimination in the American passenger airline industry, leading to David Harris hiring as the first African-American pilot for a major airline the following year.
On June 12, 1967 the US Supreme Court ruled in Loving v Virginia that state laws forbidding interracial marriage were unconstitutional. Despite this Supreme Court ruling, such laws remained on the books, although unenforceable, in several states until 2000, when Alabama became the last state to repeal its law against mixed-race marriage. #TodayInBlackHistory
June 12, 1886, The Georgia State Supreme Court sustained the will of the late David Dickson. This made Amanda Eubanks the wealthiest Negro in America. Mr. Dickson, a former slaveholder, willed more than half a million dollars to Ms. Eubanks. White relatives of Dickson, a bachelor, had contested the will on the grounds that it was illegal for a white man to leave property to his black illegitimate children.
The Ten Commandments monument became the object of a controversial US Supreme Court case in 2005 called Van Orden v. Perry. The court upheld the right of the state to have the monument on the grounds of the State Capitol, saying it wasn't a violation of the separation of church and state.
Today in News History: Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed as the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice by a Senate vote of 68-31 on Aug. 6, 2009.
Sandra Day O'Connor (1930-Present) - Before Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, there was just one woman cloaked in the black robe of the United States' highest court. Fulfilling a campaign promise to break that gender barrier, President Ronald Reagan nominated Sandra Day O'Connor in 1981. The former Republican Arizona state senator was unanimously confirmed by Congress, ending 191 years of the court as an exclusively male institution. Though she was nominated by a Republica...
Nov 4, 1965. Chaplain John McNamara administers the last rites to photographer Dickey Chapelle in South Vietnam. She became the first female war correspondent to be killed in Vietnam and the first American female reporter to be killed in action. She was given a full marine burial. Photo by Henri Huet who was later also killed in action in Vietnam.
Vietnam veterans are the only group of combat veterans in the history of the United States who returned home only to be shunned, and dubbed "baby killers". All other veterans have been welcomed home with open arms, and seen as heroes. According to the Department of Defense, 2,709,918 men and women served in uniform in the Vietnam War. Of these, 58,260 were killed in Vietnam, while another 304,000 were wounded. According to these statistics, 1 out of 10 Americans who served were casualties ...
Claudette Colvin. Nine months before Rosa Parks’ famous bus boycott, Colvin at 15 refused to give up her seat to a white passenger. She was inspired to stand up for her rights after learning about African American leaders in school. Civil rights leaders didn't publicize her story because she became an unwed mother