Bullard was rejected by the U.S. Army Air Service because only white pilots were allowed to serve.
On Aug. 22, 1867, Fisk University, one of the nation's most famous historically black colleges, was formally incorporated.
On August 16, 1955, internationally known actor, singer and activist Paul Robeson lost his court appeal to force the U.S. State Department to grant him a passport.
On this day in 2003, the Northeast of the United States and Canada experienced a massive blackout, which affected 50 million people.
The Post-Intelligencer is owned by the Hearst Corporation, which, at the time, was notorious for anti-unionism and anti-communism.
Zapata headed the land reform struggles of Mexican farmers and was a leader of the Mexican revolution.
The United States dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, Aug. 9, 1945, three days after the bombing of Hiroshima, the only two cases of using a nuclear weapon against civilians.
The first general strike in Canadian history was held in Vancouver on this day in 1918, organized as a 1-day political protest against the killing of draft evader and labor activist Albert "Ginger" Goodwin.
Legend has it that Defoe's poem struck such a chord with the public that they threw flowers and drank to his health.