1939- Jane Matilda Bolin was appointed as the judge for the court of domestic relations in New York City and became the first African American woman judge.
1984- Vanessa Williams relinquished her crown as Miss America after a scandal arouse about personal photos taken two years prior to her reign.
1954- Mary Church Terrell, the first African American person to serve on the D.C. Board of Education, died in Annapolis, Maryland.
1991- Dennis Hightower was promoted as president of Disney Consumer Products for Africa, Europe and Middle East.
1865- The first African American to receive a Ph.D. degree, Patrick Francis Healy, passed his final examination at Louvain in Belgium.
1962- Martin Luther King Jr. was jailed in Albany, Georgia, for three days while marching with The Alban Movement, a desegregation coalition.