1783 - Jarena Lee born
1790 - Society of Friends petitions Congress for abolition of slavery
1802 - Lydia Maria Child born
1809 - Jonathan Jasper Wright born
1821 - Auguste Mariette born (dug out Sphinx 12/16/42)
1898 - Owen L. W. Smith, AME Zion minister and educator, named minister to Liberia
1914 - Josh White born
1920 - Daniel "Chappie" James born. He will become the military's first black 4-star general, serving the US Air Force.
1932 - Jimmy Carter (Blind Boys of Alabama) born
1942 - Otis Clay
1958 - Ruth Carol Taylor made her initial flight as the first black woman to stewardess
1961 - Robert Weaver is sworn in as administrator of the Housing and Home Finance Administration, the highest-ranking African-American in the federal government to date.
1966 - Willie Mays became the highest paid player in baseball. He signed a two-year contract with the San Francisco Giants for $130,000 a year.
1971 - Whitney Young, Jr., National Urban League director, drowns in Nigeria
1974 - D'Angelo born
1976 - Clifford Alexander, Jr. confirmed as the first black secretary of the United States Army.
1979 - Brandy born
1981 - Kelly Rowland born
1986 - The single "Superbowl Shuffle" by the Chicago Bears Shufflin' Crew was certified gold by the RIAA.
1989 - Barbara Clementine Harris, is consecrated the first female bishop in the Episcopal Church. Harris is the first woman to be appointed to such a post in one of the churches governed by bishops believed to be successors to Jesus' apostles (Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Anglican).
1990 - Nelson Mandela is released from a South African prison after being detained for 27 years as a political prisoner.
1994 - Prince premiered his song "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" on the 1994 Miss USA Pageant