1815 - US declares war on Algiers for taking US prisoners & demanding tribute
1817 - Mississippi Territory is divided into Alabama Territory & Mississippi
1820 - Missouri Compromise encated. The measure prohibited slavery to the north of southern boundary of Missouri.
1821 - Thomas L. Jennings was granted a patent for his process tp "dry-scour" clothes
1831 - George M Pullman born
1836 - Jefferson F. Long, the first African-American from Georgia elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, born
1852 - Daniel A. P. Murray, assistant librarian of Congress, born
1863 - Draft Act Passed which mandated military service for all men between the ages of twenty and forty five.
1865 - Congress established Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands (Freedmen's Bureau) to aid white refugees and former slaves.
1865 - Congress chartered Freedmen's Savings and Trust Bank with business confined to Blacks.
1869 - University of South Carolina opened to all races. B.A. Boseman and Francis L. Cardozo, both Black were elected to seven-man board of trustees.
1869 - The 38th and 41st Infantry regiments were joined and became the 24th Infantry Regiment, the third of four proposed African American regiments in the U.S. Army.
1877 - Garrett Morgan born
1886 - Robert F. Flemming, Jr. patents a guitar.
1915 - "Birth of a Nation" debuted in New York City.
1927 - Junior Parker born
1931 - "Minnie The Moocher" by Cab Calloway, the first jazz album to sell a million copies, was recorded.
1932 - Andrew Jackson Young, Jr. born
1932 - Miriam Makeba born
1938 - Willie Chambers (The Chambers Brothers) born
1962 - Jacqueline Joyner-Kersee born
1962 - Herschel Walker born
1963 - Senegal adopts constitution
1966 - Kwame Nkrumah fled Ghana to Guinée
1966 - Tone-Loc (Antony Smith) born
1969 - John Bigham (Fishbone) born
1974 - George Foreman knocked out Ken Norton.
1976 - Mozambique closed border with Rhodesia
1987 - Ray Dandridge, 3rd baseman in Negro Leagues, elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
1991 - Rodney King was severely beaten by Los Angeles police officers.
1995 - A U.N. peacekeeping mission in Somalia ended.
1998 - C-BO was arrested for parole violation (The violation was the use of lyrics that encouraged violence against police officers.)
1998 - Larry Doby was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame (the first black player in the American League)