On This Day in Black History: May 5
1784
Black Methodists formed their own church in Philadelphia.
1905
Robert S. Abbott published the first issue of the Chicago Defender newspaper.
1917
Eugene Jacques Bullard became the first black combat pilot as a member of the French Flying Corps.
1925
Afrikaans received equal official status with Dutch and English; in practice, Afrikaans replaced Dutch.
1936
Italian troops occupied Addis Ababa.
1941
Emperor Haile Selassie returned to Ethiopia after five years in exile.
1969
Moneta Sleet became the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography for his poignant photograph of Mrs. Coretta Scott King comforting her daughter Bernice at Dr. Martin Luther King's funeral.
1971
A riot occurred in the Brownsville section of New York City.
2003
Anti-apartheid hero Walter Sisulu died. He brought Nelson Mandela into the African National Congress (ANC) and together with Oliver Tambo formed the ANC Youth League in 1944.

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