55 B.C. - Britain was invaded by Roman forces under Julius Caesar.
1017 - Turks defeated the Byzantine army under Emperor Romanus IV at Manzikert
1429 - Joan of Arc made a triumphant entry into Paris
1789 - The Constituent Assembly in Versailles, France approved the final version of the Declaration of Human Rights
1838 - John Wilkes Booth born
1847 - Liberia was proclaimed as an independent republic.
1867 - Robert Russa Moton born
1874 - Sixteen Blacks lynched in Tennessee
1900 - Hale A. Woodruff born
1902 - James A. "Jimmy" Rushing born
1905 - George Washington, founder of the town of Centerville (later Centralia), WA died
1918 - Katherine G. Johnson born
1920 The 19th Amendment was ratified
1925 - Robert H. Colescott born
1939 - The first televised major league baseball games (a double-header between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers) were shown
1943 - William Dawson elected VP candidate (Democratic Party)
1946(?) - Valerie Simpson Ashford born
1960 - Branford Marsalis born
1964 - Fannie Lou Hamer led the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party on to the convention floor with borrowed passes at the Democratic National Convention
1967 - Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze"(goes to iTunes page) was released.
1970 - Jimi Hendrix opened his recording studio (Electric Lady Studios) in New York City.
1970 - Jimi Hendrix made his last public appearance at the Isle of Wright Pop Festival in England.
1970 - Duane Allman started recording as a member of Eric Clapton's new band, Derek & the Dominoes
1991 - Carl Lewis set a new world's record by running 100 meters in 9.86 seconds
1995 - Ronnie White (the Miracles) died
1998 - U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno ordered a review of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
1998 - Sudan filed a criminal lawsuit against U.S. President Clinton and the United States for the bombing of the El-Shifa Pharmaceutical Industries Company. The Sudanese claimed that the plant was strictly civilian.
2000 - Douglas Allen Woody (Gov't Mule, Allman Brothers Band) was found dead
2001 - Tiger Woods won the NEC Invitational for the third straight year