1792 - Thaddeus Stevens born
1812 - The territory of Orleans became the 18th U.S. state and will become known as Louisiana.
1818 - The U.S. flag was declared to have 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars and that a new star would be added for the each new state.
1872 - Isaac Hathaway born
1903 - Marvel Cooke born.
1915 - Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield) born
1928 - Maya Angelou (Margueritte Annie Johnson) born
1932 - Clive Davis born
1932 - Anthony Perkins born
1939 - Hugh Masekela born
1948 - Barry Oakley born
1956 - David E. Kelley born
1967 - Jimi Hendrix was the special guest on the first edition of the UK BBC-TV's 'Dee Time', along with Kiki Dee and Cat Stevens.
1967 - Speaking before the Overseas Press Club in New York City, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr announced his opposition to the Vietnam War.
1968 - Independence Day in the Republic of Senegal.
1968 - Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King and Buddy Guy met up for an all night blues session at a club in the US, after hearing the news of Martin Luther King's assassination.
1968 - James Brown makes a national TV appeal for calm following the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
1968 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated
1972 - Jill Scott born
1972 - Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. died
1973 - Kelly Price born
1973 - David Blaine born
1974 - Hank Aaron tied Babe Ruth's major league baseball home-run record with 714.
1996 - Wilson Pickett was arrested for cocaine possession while on probation.
2004 - Gito Baloi was killed in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa