1846 – Mormon exodus begins, leaving Nauvoo and heading to the Rocky Mountains.
1870 – The Utah Territorial Legislature passes a bill allowing women to vote and they do it unanimously. Go, Utah!
1883 – Edith Clarke is born. She became the first woman to earn an M.S. in electrical engineering from MIT (1919), first woman professor of electrical engineering (1947), and she invented the Clarke Calculator, a graphical device for solving power transmission line equations.
1907 – Grace Hamilton is born. She was the first African-American in the Deep South’s state government, serving in the Georgia General Assembly from 1966-84 and is credited with Andrew Young’s victory in Georgia’s Congressional election in 1980.
1940 – Roberta Flack is born.
1957 – Laura Ingalls Wilder died
1957 – The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) is founded. Martin Luther King Jr. invited about 60 black ministers and leaders to Ebenezer Church in Atlanta where they organized the SCLC. King served as the first president.
1989 – Attorney Ron Brown was elected chairman of the DNC, the first Black person to hold the post. He later became the Secretary of Commerce. He died in 1996 when the plane he and 32 others were in crashed while on a diplomatic mission in Croatia.
1992 – Famed author Alex Haley dies.
1996 – Garry Kasparov loses the first game of a six-game match against Deep Blue, an IBM computer. However, he ended up winning overall, with 3 wins and 2 ties.
2011 – Jerry Sloan resigns as head coach of the Jazz.