The African American Civil War Soldiers Memorial was dedicated on this date in Washington, D.C.
Former pro golfer Calvin Peete is born on this date in Detroit, Michigan. Peete goes on to win twelve major PGA golf tournaments.
Singer Martha Reeves of Martha and the Vandellas is born in Eufaula, Alabama
Nelson Mandela was born on this date. After serving 27 years for fighting discriminatory legislation in South Africa, Mandela went on to win the country's presidency. He was also honored with the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.