330 - Constantinople, previously the town of Byzantium, was founded.
1741 - The execution of 31 Blacks and 4 Whites began for their alleged conspiracy in the Negro Plot. 70 other enslaved Blacks are transported out of New York City.
1864 - Louisiana amended its constitution, forbidding slavery.
1885 - "King" Joseph Oliver born
1888 - Irving Berlin born
1892 - Alonzo "Lonnie" Clayton became the youngest rider ever to win the Kentucky Derby
1895 - William Grant Still born
1899 - Clifton Wharton, Sr. born
1904 - Salvador Dali born
1924 - Moses Fleetwood Walker, first African American in major league baseball, died
1927 - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded.
1928 - General Electric opened their first TV station in Schenectady, NY
1931 - Blind Boys of Alabama was formed
1933 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan (Louis Eugene Walcott) born
1949 - Janice Rogers Brown born (2005 she is a controversial US Court of Appeals Nominee)
1956 - Gold Coast to get independence
1963 - Fred Shuttlesworth's home was bombed
1968 - Nine Caravans of poor people arrived in Washington for first phase of Poor People's Campaign.
1970 - Harold Ford, Jr. born
1976 - ABC aired the last episode of "Marcus Welby, MD"
1981 - Robert Nesta Marley died
1981 - Hoyt J. Fuller died
1983 - The final episode of "Quincy, M.E." aired on NBC.
1989 - The final episode of "Dynasty" aired.
1995 - Jimmie Vaughan, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Robert Cray reunited for a tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan
1995 - The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty was extended indefinitely.
2002 - Seven Black women graduated from the Citadel
2003 - Noel Redding was found dead