Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1841 – The US Supreme Court rules that captive Africans who had seized control of the ship carrying them had been taken into slavery illegally (More info)

1916 – Pancho Villa leads nearly 500 Mexican raiders in an attack against Columbus, New Mexico (More info)

1945 – The Bombing of Tokyo by the United States, one of the most destructive bombing raids in history, begins (More info)

1959 – The Barbie doll makes its debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York (More info)

1997 – Rap star Christopher Wallace — aka the Notorious B.I.G. — is shot to death on a crowded Los Angeles street (More info)

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