1609 - Henry Hudson sailed down what is now known as the Hudson River.
1787 - Prince Hall became the head of African Lodge No. 459 in Boston
1840 - Mary Jane Patterson born
1859 - Florence Kelley born
1865 - Avery Normal Institute founded
1873 - Madame Sul-Te-Wan born
1913 - James Cleveland Owens (Jesse Owens) born
1916 - William Alonzo "Cat" Anderson born
1919 - Adolf Hitler joined German Worker's Party
1922 - The Episcopal Church removed the word "Obey" from the bride's section of wedding vows.
1931 - George Jones born
1935 - Richard H. Hunt born
1944 - Barry White born
1947 - Jackie Robinson named National League Rookie of the Year
1953 - U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier.
1954 - "Lassie" made its television debut
1956 - Black students entered Clay, KY elementary school under National Guard protection.
1963 - The last episode of "Leave it to Beaver" was aired.
1970 - University of Southern California Trojans (featuring the first all-Black backfield in Division 1 college football) beat Alabama Crimson Tide.
1974 - Haile Selassie deposed by military leaders
1974 - Eugene A. Marino, SSJ, was consecrated at the first African American auxiliary bishop in the USA
1977 - Stephen Bantu Biko was brutally murdered
1983 - Arnold Schwarzenegger became a U.S. citizen.
1984 - Michael Jordan signed a seven-year contract to play basketball with the Chicago Bulls.
1986 - National Council of Negro Women sponsors its first Black Family Reunion
1992 - Dr. Mae Jemison became the first African-American woman in space when she launched from the Kennedy Center
2003 - Johnny Cash died