1806 - Norbert Rillieux born
1825 - Benjamin Sterling Turner born
1836 - Texas adopts a state constitution legalizing slavery.
1863 - Slavery is abolished in Texas, but slaves are not informed until June 19, giving rise to the Juneteenth celebration.
1863 - Homer Plessy born
1865 - Aaron Anderson won the Navy's Medal of Honor
1867 - Ida Rebecca Cummings born
1870 - Wellesley College was incorporated by the Massachusetts legislature under its first name, Wellesley Female Seminary.
1886 - Carrollton Massacre
1891 - West Virginia State College was founded
1894 - Paul Green, one of the first white playwrights to write perceptively about the problems of Southern blacks, born
1898 - Blanche K. Bruce, the first African-American to serve a full term as U.S. Senator, died
1910 - Bayard Rustin born
1919 - Nat "King" Cole born
1941 - Paul Robeson is denied access to Constitution Hall for a concert by the Daughters of the American Revolution
1946 - Jackie Roosevelt Robinson made his professional debut
1959 - The Dalai Lama (Lhamo Dhondrub, Tenzin Gyatso) fled Tibet and went to India.
1970 - Jacob Lawrence became the first artist to recieve the Spingarn Medal
1992 - White South Africans approved constitutional reforms to give legal equality to blacks.
1999 - Maurice Ashley became Grandmaster
2000 - In Kanungu, Uganda a fire at a church linked to the cult known as the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments killed more than 530.