Ronald Brown is elected head of the Democratic National Committee.
Brown, a former Supreme Court lawyer, was the first African-American to hold the top position in a major political party in the U.S. He was also the first African-American Secretary of Commerce, appointed by Bill Clinton, who Brown helped to elect as head of the DNC. In college, Brown was the first African-American member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
Brown died on April 3, 1996 when the plane he and 32 other Americans were on crashed into a mountain in Croatia.