1812 - Henry Wilson born
1852 - William Sander Scarborough born
1857 - Frederick Douglass elected President of Freedman's Bank
1862 - 14,000 Confederate soldiers surrendered to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Fort Donelson, TN.
1863 - First recruitment rally held for 54th Massachusetts Infantry
1894 - British troops occupy Ilorin, Gold Coast (Nigeria)
1904 - Walt Disney's first live actor, James Baskett
1916 - Bill Doggett born
1923 - Howard Carter unsealed the burial chamber of Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamen. The next day he entered the chamber with several invited guests. He had originally found the tomb on November 4, 1922.
1923 - Bessie Smith makes her first recording, "Down Hearted Blues," which sells 800,000 copies for Columbia Records.
1932 - Otis Blackwell born
1934 - Austin "Ted" Taylor born
1944 - "The Golden Thirteen" begin training
1951 - New York City Council passed bill prohibiting racial discrimination in city-assisted housing developments.
1952 - The FBI arrests 10 members of the Ku Klux Klan in North Carolina.
1956 - James Ingram born
1957 - LeVar Burton born
1959 - Fidel Castro seized power in Cuba after the overthrow of President Fulgencio Batista.
1970 - Joe Frazier began his reign as the undefeated heavyweight world champion when he knocked out Jimmy Ellis in five rounds.
1972 - Jerome Bettis born
1977 - Janani Luwum, the Anglican Archbishop of Uganda, along with two other men, was killed in automobile accident.
1992 - LA Lakers retire Magic Johnson's #32 uniform
1996 - Walter Brown "Brownie" McGhee died
1999 - Testimony began in the Jasper, TX, trial of John William King. He was charged with murder in the gruesome dragging death of James Byrd, Jr. King was later convicted and sentenced to death.
2002 - The operator of a crematory in Noble, GA was arrested after dozens of decomposing corpses were found stacked in storage sheds and scattered around the building and surrounding woods.
2003 - In Chicago, IL 21 people were killed in a night club after a disturbance on the second floor. The panic that evolved resulted in the trampeling.
2335 - Geordi La Forge born