October 16, 1968
On this date: Tommie Smith and John Carlos ~
While being awarded the gold and bronze medals, respectively, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, raise their gloved fists on the Olympic victory stand to symbolize the struggle for Black freedom in the USA (Category : Awards and Recognition)
On October 16, 1968 Tommie Smith and John Carlos refused to recognize the American flag and national anthem during the ceremony awarding them the gold and bronze medals in the 200-meter run. Wearing black gloves, they lowered their heads and raised their fists in the Black power salute.
They were expelled from the games.