Browse or search our African American History timeline. Events on the timeline include key moments in specific HistoryMaker's lives as well as important historical dates.

December 6, 2012
| Harrell Spruill Passed Away

High school industrial arts teacher Harrell Spruill passed away on this date at the age of 88.


December 6, 2011
| Dr. Muriel Petioni Passed Away

Community leader and school physician Dr. Muriel Petioni passed away on this date at the age of 97.


December 6, 1951
| Fay Ferguson is Born

Advertising chief executive Fay Ferguson was born on this date in La Porte, Indiana.


December 6, 1945
| Shirley Hughes is Born

Corporate executive Shirley Hughes was born on this date in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


December 6, 1937
| Bishop Isaac Lane Dies

Isaac Lane, bishop of the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church and founder of Lane College in Tennessee, dies.


December 6, 1936
| First African American Certified in Urology

Dr. Richard F. Jones became the first African American to be certified in urology on this date.


December 6, 1934
| Ed Spriggs is Born

Art professor and curator Ed Spriggs was born on this date in Cleveland, Ohio.


December 6, 1932
| Richard B. Spikes Patents His Automatic Gear Shift Design

Inventor Richard B. Spikes patented his automatic gear shift design on this date.


December 6, 1928
| Charles E. Simmons is Born

Real estate entrepreneur and civic leader Charles E. Simmons was born on this date in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.