1836 - Jefferson Long, Georgia's first Black congressional speaker, born
1866 - Thaddeus Stevens offered real-estate compensation to Black slaves for emancipation.
1934 - Hank Aaron was born.
1941 - Barrett Strong born
1958 - Clifton R. Wharton, Sr. confirmed as minister to Romania. This career diplomat was the first Black to head a U.S. embassy in Europe.
1962 - Suit seeking to bar Englewood, N.J., from maintaining "racial segregated" elementary schools filed in U.S. District Court
1969 - Bobby Brown born
1972 - Bob Douglas became the first black man elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame
1977 - Sugar Ray Leonard won his first pro fight. He beat Luis Vega in 6 rounds.
1989 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar became the first NBA player to score 38,000 points.
1994 - White separatist Byron De La Beckwith was convicted in Jackson, MS, of the 1963 murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers.
1969 - Black artists Romare Bearden, Ernest Crichlow, and Norman Lewis open the Cinque Gallery in the Soho area of New York to encourage African American painters.
1990 - Barack Obama becomes the first black president of the "Harvard Law Review."
1999 - Mike Tyson was sentenced to a year in jail for assaulting two people after a car accident on August 31, 1998. Tyson was also fined $5,000, had to serve 2 years of probation, and had to perform 200 hours of community service upon release.