1867 – John Spencer Bassett is a US historian was born in Tarboro, North Carolina.
1886 – Entered Trinity College (now Duke University) as a junior, graduating with an A.B. in history.
Received a Ph.D in history from Johns Hopkins University, under the direction of Herbert Baxter Adams.
1789-1801 – His writings are The Federalist System, The Life of Andrew Jackson and The Middle Group of American Historians.
1893-1906 – Professor of history at Trinity College (now Duke Univ.).
1903 – Published an article South Atlantic Quarterly entitled "Stirring Up the Fires of Race Antipathy", spoke about improving race relations and gave praise to numerous African Americans.
– Exploded the controversy that became known as the "Bassett Affair" erupted on the Trinity College campus.
1905 – President Theodore Roosevelt commended Trinity and Bassett’s courageous stand for academic freedom while speaking to the university.