1609 - The Bermuda Islands became an English colony.
1745 - Olaudah Equiano born
1773 - Jean Baptiste Pointe de Sable founded settlement now known as Chicago, Ill,
1864 - Col. Charles Young (the second African American to graduate from West Point) born
1879 - The British-Zulu War began
1888 - Hall Johnson born
1905 - Mary Crosby Chappelle born
1912 - Dorothy Height born
1926 - The Savoy Ballroom opened
1932 - Andrew Young born
1932 - Al Jarreau born
1936 - Virginia Hamilton born
1940 - Clark College in Atlanta became Clark University.
1945 - New York became the first state to established a Fair Employment Practices Commission.
1955 - Charlie Parker died
1957 - Marlon Jackson (The Jackson Five) born
1958 - Billie Holiday received a year's probation for narcotics possession
1960 - Courtney B. Vance born
1962 - Darryl Strawberry born
1968 - Mauritius became independent
1971 - The Allman Brothers Band began recording "Live at the Fillmore East"
1982 - A Soldier's Play (Charles Fuller) won the Pulitzer Prize.
1988 - Romare Bearden died