1984 – Protests against apartheid and the Reagan administration began nationwide. Many highly regarded Blacks participated. Randall Robinson, Walter Fountroy, and Mary Frances Berry were arrested at a sit-in at the South African Embassy.
1865 – Shaw University was founded in Raleigh, North Carolina.
1784 – French General Lafayette honored James Armistead for his actions in the Revolutionary War. Armistead was a spy who participated in the operation that surrounded British Army leader, Lord Cornwallis, and led to the British surrender.
1654 – Richard Johnson, a free Black carpenter, was given a grant of 100 acres of land in Northampton County, VA, for importing two people under the headright system.