1837 - Blacks win the right to vote in Canada
1852 - Daniel Alexander Payne Murray born
1882 - Paine College founded
1905 - Jules Verne died
1907 - Janet Harmon Bragg born
1912 - Dorothy Height born
1921 - Wilson Harris born
1924 - Harry Pace sold Black Swan recording company to Paramount
1938 - Don Covay (Donald Randolph) born
1941 - Richard Wright's novel Native Son opens on Broadway.
1958 - Bill Russell was voted Most Valuable Player by the National Basketball Association
1962 - Star Jones born
1972 - Z. Alexander Looby, first African American to serve on the Nashville City Council, died
1988 - More than 350 African Americans denied promotions share in a $6 million settlement by Honda.
1991 - Benin held its first presidential elections in about 30 years.
1997 - Harold Melvin died
2002 - Halle Berry became the first African-American woman to win the Academy Award for Best Actress.