1775 - Prince Hall and fourteen other Blacks were initiated into British Military Lodge No. 441 of the Masons, beginning Black Masonics in America.
1857 - Dred Scott decision by U.S. Supreme Court opened Northern territory to slavery and denied citizenship to American Blacks.
1901 - Virginia State University is founded (my Mom's Alma Mater)
1957 - Ghana became an independent state
1965 - The Temptations went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'My Girl', making the group the first male act to have a No.1 for Motown
1972 - Shaquille "Shaq" O'Neal born
1981 - Dr. Bernard Harleston, former dean of arts and sciences at Tufts University, appointed president of New York's City College.
1989 - Richmond Barthé died
2004 - Diane Richie, the estranged wife of singer Lionel Richie, went to court seeking $300,000 a month in maintenance support. Diane's monthly costs included $20,000 a year on plastic surgery, $15,000 a month for clothing, shoes and accessories, $5,000 on jewellery, $3,000 on dermatology, $1,000 for laser hair removal and $600 on massages.