Gen Benjamin O. Davis Born
General Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. Born.
1912 – General Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. was born on this day in Washington, DC. Davis was the son of Benjamin O. Davis, Sr., a renowned military officer, the first Black General in the United States Army. Davis, Jr. followed in his father’s footsteps, becoming the first Black Air Force General, retiring as a four star General. He was also noteworthy as the Commander of the 99th Pursuit Squadron and then the the 332nd Fighter Group, the famous Tuskegee Airmen.
Following the ratification by the requisite three-quarters of the states, the 13th Amendment is formally adopted into the U.S. Constitution. Henceforth, this ensured that “neither slavery nor involuntary servitude… shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”