1488 - The Portuguese navigator Bartholomeu Diaz landed at Mossel Bay in the Cape, the first European known to have landed on the southern extremity of Africa.
1789 - Delaware outlaws the slave trade
1867 - Zoolologist and inventor, Charles Turner born
1870 - The 15th Amendment (black suffrage) passed.
1870 - Jonathan Jasper Wright is appointed the first Black Superior Court Justice in South Carolina.
1874 - Blanche Kelso Bruce is elected to a full six-year term in the U.S. Senate by the Mississippi legislature.
1879 - Charles Follis 1st black US football player (Shelby OH)
1898 - Lillian "Lil" Hardin (also Louis Armstrong's wife) born
1903 - Jack Johnson wins the Negro Heavyweight title.
1910 - James Weldon Johnson married Grace Nail
1920 - The Negro Baseball League is founded.
1935 - Johnny "Guitar" Watson rock guitarist
1943 - Dennis Edwards rocker (Temptations-Ain't Too Proud To Beg, My Girl)
1943 - Charles W. David born, hero of the USS Dorchester
1947 - Percival Prattis of Our World in New York City became the first black news correspondent admitted to the House and Senate press gallery in Washington, DC.
1948 - Rosa Ingram and her 14- and 16-year-old sons are condemned to death for the alleged murder of a white Georgian. Mrs. Ingram said she acted in self defense.
1956 - Autherine J. Lucy was admitted to University of Alabama. She was suspended Feb. 7 after a riot at the university and was expelled Feb. 29.
1960 - Prime Minister Harold Macmillan spoke against the South Africa's system of apartheid & acknowledged the inevitability of African independence in his "wind of change" speech at Cape Town
1964 - Black and Puerto Rican students boycott NYC public schools
1965 - Geraldine McCullough wins Widener Gold Medal for Sculpture
1967 - "Purple Haze" recorded by Jimi Hendrix
1968 - James Brown performed "I Got the Feelin'" on "American Bandstand"
1984 - A sellout crowd of 18,210 at Madison Square Garden in New York City saw Carl Lewis best his own world record in the long jump by 9-1/4 inches.
1980 - Larry Holmes TKOs Lorenzo Holmes in 6 for heavyweight boxing title
1980 - Mohammed Ali tours Africa as Pres Carter's envoy
1988 - Thomas Reed, president of the Alabama NAACP, is arrested trying to remove the Confederate flag from the state capitol building in Montgomery.
1989 - Former first baseman Bill White was the first African American to head a major professional sports league in the United States. He became National League president.
1993 - Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott suspended for 1 year due to racist comments
1993 - Federal trial of 4 police officers charged with civil rights violations in videotaped beating of Rodney King begins in Los Angeles, CA
1997 - Jazz drummer Tony Williams dies
1999 - Ice-T spoke to the students of the University of Toledo about a life of crime not being all it is cracked up to be.