- 2001-Agbani Darego of Nigeria was crowned Miss World.
- 1972-National Guard mobilized after officers killed two students during Southern University demonstrations.
- 1967-Actress Lisa Bonet who starred in The Cosby Show was born to a Jewish mother and a Black father. She was married to and has a daughter (Zoe’) with rocker Lenny Kravitz.
- 1964-Dwight Gooden was born. He later became the youngest person to win the Cy Young
- 1963-Zina Garrison was born in Houston, Texas. She would go on to win 37 professional tennis titles, an Olympic gold medal and in 1990 finish runner-up at Wimbledon.
- 1873-W.C. Handy (Father of the Blues) was born in Florence, Alabama.
- 1873-Blacks won three state offices in the Mississippi election: Alexander K. Davis, Lieutenant Governor; James Hill, secretary of State; T.W. Cardozo, Superintendent of Education. Blacks won 55 of the 115 seats in the house and 9 out of 37 seats in the senate, 42 per cent of the total number.
- 1873-Richard T. Greener became the first black graduate of Harvard University and was later named professor of metaphysics at the University of South Carolina.
- 1780-Paul Cuffe & other black taxpayers of Massachusetts protest to the state legislature against taxation without representation, demanding the right to vote.