1786 - Davy Crockett born
1790 - The Capital City of the U.S. moved to Philadelphia from New York City
1837 - Charlotte Forten, poet and diarist, born
1844 - Blacks protested Boston's Jim Crow schools at mass rallies. They began a series of meetings to fight the segregated school system in Boston.
1849 - Archibald Grimké born
1882 - Samuel Goldwyn born
1887 - Marcus Garvey born
1894 - Texas College founded
1903 - Joseph Pulitzer donated a million dollars to Columbia University. This started the Pulitzer Prizes in his name.
1906 - Members of the Niagra Movement conducted a historic "Barefoot March" down the hillside to the site of John Brown's raid at Harper's Ferry.
1917 - John Lee Hooker born.
1931 - A'Lelia Walker, daughter and heir of Mme. C.J Walker died
1932 - First Gospel Choral Union was organized.
1939 - Luther Allison born
1943 - Robert DeNiro born
1948 - Frank Wills born
1961 - East Germany completed the construction of the Berlin Wall
1969 - The Woodstock music festival ended
1973 - Paul Williams (the Temptations) died
1990 - Pearl Bailey died
1993 - Jackie Joyner-Kersee won her 17th consecutive heptathlon in the world track and field meet in Stuttgart, Germany.
1998 - President Bill Clinton admitted to having an improper relationship with Monica Lewinsky, a White House intern.
2002 - Alfred Ligon, America's oldest continuously operated Black bookstore owner, died