1770 - Crispus Attuckswas shot and killed becoming the first man killed in the cause of America's freedom, in what would become the Boston Massacre.
1845 - President John Tyler signed the joint resolution of Congress to admit Texas as a slave state.
1897 - American Negro Academy, the first national black scholarly society, was founded
1920 - Leontine T.C. Kelly, the first African-American woman to become a bishop within the United Methodist Church, born
1925 - George Washington Collins born
1938 - Fred Williamson born
1939 - Charles Fuller, co-founder of the Afro-American Arts Theatre in Philadelphia, born
1947 - Bernard Powell born
1945 - Lena Baker was electrocuted at the Georgia State Prison in Reidsyille.
1956 - U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the ban on segregation in public schools.
1957 - Ghana received it's independence of colonial rule from Great Britain.
1981 - U.S. government granted Atlanta some $1 million to finance mental health and social programs in the wake of a mysterious series of abductions and slayings involving at least twenty-two Black youths.
1991 - Reggie Miller began his NBA free throw streak of 52 games.
1993 - Ben Johnson was banned from racing for life by the Amateur Athletic Association after testing positive for banned performance-enhancing substances for a second time.
1997 - Desi Giles received death threats after playing Jesus in a Union City, NJ production called "Passion Play."
2000 - MC Hammer became a preacher at the Jubilee Christian Centre in San Jose.