Congress memorializes George Washington, Babe Ruth's contract is sold to the Yankees, Kwanzaa is celebrated for the first time, and a killer tsunami rolls across the Indian Ocean, all on this day.
1908: Jack Johnson becomes the first black world heavyweight boxing champion, defeating the reigning world champion, Canadian Tommy Burns, in Sydney, Australia. The fight lasted 14 rounds before being stopped by the police in front of more than 20,000 spectators. The title was awarded to Johnson on a referee's decision as a knockout.
National Archives and Records Administration
It's easy to upload your photos and/or videos on News8000.com. Once you do, we'll share your upload with the community!