1486 - Christopher Columbus convinced Queen Isabella to fund an expedition to the West Indies
1611 - The first edition of the King James Bible was published in England.
1762 - James Derham born
1805 - Virginia required freed slaves to leave the state.
1863 - Confederate congress passed resolution which branded Black troops and their officers criminals
1866 - Race riot in Memphis, TN; 48 people were killed and at least five black women were raped. Negro veterans were special targets.
1867 - Howard University opened and began accepting students
1867 - Reconstruction in the South began with black voter registration.
1877 - Rutherford B. Hayes withdrew all Federal troops from the South, ending Reconstruction.
1884 - Moses Walker became the first black player in major league baseball.
1901 - Sterling Allen Brown born
1915 - Archie Williams born
1924 - Big Maybelle (Maybelle Louise Smith) born
1924 - Evelyn Boyd Granville born
1926 - Satchel Page made his pitching debut in the Negro Southern League.
1927 - Adolf Hitler held his first Nazi meeting in Berlin.
1930 - Little Walter (Marion Walter Jacobs) born
1931 - The Empire State Building opened
1934 - Shirley Horn born
1939 - Max Robinson born
1941 - A. Philip Randolph issued a call for 100,000 Blacks to march on Washington, D.C., to protest discrimination in the armed forces and war industries.
1946 - William H. Hastie became the only Afro-American to govern a U.S. state or territory since Reconstruction when he was confirmed as governor of the Virgin Islands.
1946 - Emma Clarissa Clement became the first African-American named "Mother of the Year" by the Golden Rule Foundation.
1948 - Glenn H. Taylor, U.S. Senator from Idaho and VP candidate, arrested in Birmingham for trying to enter a meeting through a door marked "for Negroes."
1950 - Gwendolyn Brooks became the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize ("Annie Allen")
1951 - Orestes "Minnie" Minoso became the first Black to play for the Chicago White Sox.
1954 - Ray Parker, Jr. born
1961 - Victorious Fidel Castro bans elections
1969 - Jimi Hendrix was arrested at Toronto International Airport for possesion of narcotics and was released on $10,000 bail.
1971 - The Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar" was released.
1980 - The South African government banned Pink Floyd's single 'Another Brick In The Wall' after black children adopted the song as their anthem in protest against inferior education.
1981 - Dr. Clarence A. Bacote died
1988 - The final episode of "Magnum, P.I." aired.
1991 - Rickey Henderson broke Lou Brock's bases stolen record by stealing his 939th
1998 - Snoop Doggy Dogg and MC Delmar Arnaud (Daz Dillinger) were arrested and booked on one count of misdemeanor marijuana possession each.
2003 - Barry White suffered a stroke while being treated for kidney failure; he died two months later on July 4th