1087 - William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy and King of England, died
1739 - Slave revolt led by rebel named Jemmy, in Stono, SC. Twenty-five whites were killed before the insurrection was put down.
1776 - The second Continental Congress officially made the term "United States", replacing the previous term "United Colonies."
1786 - George Washington called for the abolition of slavery.
1806 - Sarah Mapps Douglass born
1816 - John Gregg Fee, founder of Berea College & abolitionist, born
1817 - Alexander Lucius Twilight, who was probably the first Black to graduate from an American college, received B.A. degree at Middlebury College.
1817 - Captain Paul Cuffe (father of Black Nationalism) died
1828 - Leo Tolstoy born
1836 - Abraham Lincoln received his license to practice law.
1850 - California became the 31st state to join the union.
1872 - Delilah L. Beasley born
1884 - John R Lynch presided over Republican National Convention
1890 - Colonel Harland Sanders born
1908 - Richard Wright born
1914 - Marjorie Lee Brown born.
1915 - Carter G Woodson founded Association for the Study of Negro Life and History
1926 - The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) was created by the Radio Corporation of America (RCA).
1927 - Elvin Jones born
1934 - Sonia Sanchez (Wilsonia Benita Driver) born
1941 - Otis Redding born
1946 - Billy Preston born
1957 - The first civil rights bill to pass Congress since reconstruction was passed by President Eisenhower
1957 - Rev. F.L. Shuttlesworth mobbed when he attempted to enroll his daughters in "white" Birmingham school.
1957 - Hattie Cotton Elementary School with enrollment of 1 Black and 388 whites virtually destroyed by dynamite blast.
1962 - Two churches burned near Sasser, GA
1966 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono met in an art gallery.
1968 - Arthur Ashe won the US Open
1968 - A new HUD headquarter building in Washington is dedicated by the first Secretary of Housing & Urban Development, Robert C. Weaver. It would be renamed to honor Sec. Robert C. Weaver, the first Black Cabinet Member, in 2000.
1948 - North Korea became the People's Democratic Republic of Korea.
1949 - Joe Theisman born
1956 - Elvis Presley made his first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show "Toast of the Town."
1957 - The first civil rights bill to pass Congress since Reconstruction was signed into law by U.S. President Eisenhower.
1966 - Adam Sandler born
1970 - Macy Gray (Natalie McIntyre) born
1976 - Mao Tse-tung died
1984 - Walter Payton (Chicago Bears) broke Jim Brown’s combined yardage record
1997 - Junior Wells sliped into a coma after suffering a heart attack four days earlier.
1998 - the Chicago Defender Building was dedicated as a Chicago Landmark.
2004 - the Cracker Barrel restaurant chain agreed to pay $8.7 million as settlement in a discrimination law suit
2004 - Secretary of State Colin Powell said that abuses by government-supported Arab militias in Sudan qualify as genocide against the Black African population in the Darfur region.