1663 - First serious slave conspiracy in colonial America. Plot of white servants and slaves in Gloucester County, VA was betrayed by an indentured servant.
1856 - Maria Louise Baldwin born
1867 - Gen. E.R.S. Canby ordered South Carolina courts to empanel Blacks jurors.
1881 - Louis Latimer patented his electric lamp with a carbon filament.
1885 - Alain Locke (first Black Rhodes Scholar) born
1886 - University of Maryland Eastern Shore founded
1904 - Joseph Delaney born
1908 - Leon "Chu" Berry born
1911 - Bill Monroe born
1913 - Cholly Atkins born
1918 - Ray Charles born
1922 - Charles Brown born
1926 - Andrew Brimmer (first black member of the Federal Reserve Bank Board of Governors) born
1931 - Adrienne Kennedy born
1943 - Chiang Kai-shek became the president of China.
(?) - Geronimo Pratt born
1948 - Nell Carter born
1948 - The School of Performing Arts (the first public school to specialize in performing arts) opened in New York City.
1953 - Iyanla Vanzant born
1955 - Little Richard recorded the song 'Tutti Frutti', for the Speciality label in Los Angeles.
1962 - President Kennedy denounced the burning of churches in Georgia and supported voter registration drive in the South.
1964 - Tavis Smiley born
1967 - Michael Johnson born
1968 - Bernie Williams born
1970 - The first New York City Marathon took place.
1972 - Johnny Ford of Tuskegee and A.J. Cooper of Prichard were elected mayors in Alabama.
1977 - Fiona Apple born
1996 - Tupac Shakur died