April 2: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Marvin Gaye
1870: Pioneering physician Dr. J. Edward Perry was born (Died: 1962)
1908: Thurgood Marshall was born (Died: 1993).
1911: Tap dancer Charles ‘Honi’ Coles was born (Died: 1992).
1918: Artist Charles White was born (Died: 1979)
1932: Cowboy Willie ‘Bill’ Picket passed away.
1938: Jazz trumpeter and composer Booker Little was born. He died
1939: Marvin Gaye was born in Washington, DC (Died: 4/1/1984).
1965: #1 R&B song: Got to Get You Off My Mind by Solomon Burke .
1965: Rodney King was born in Sacramento, CA (Died: 2012).
1965: Dionne Warwick performed on Britain’s Ready, Steady, Go! TV-Show Debut.
1966: Sarah Vaughan’s ‘A Lover’s Concert’ charted.
1968: Jimi Hendrix performed at the Paul Suave Arena in Montreal.
1969: The Milwaukee Bucks signed Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul Jabaar) for a $1.4 M – five year contract.
1975: Actor/comedian Aries Spears was born.
1977: Stevie Wonder released ‘Sir Duke’ a tribute to Duke Ellington.
1983: Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’ charted and reached #1 on both R&B and Pop charts.
1984: Coach John Thomas of Georgetown Univ. became the 1st Black coach to win the NCAA basketball tournament.
1993: Roberta Flack guested on the ABC-TV soap opera, ‘Loving.’
1995: Sax play, jazz composer Julius Hemphill passed away at age 57.
1998: Rob Pilaus of Milli Vanilli passed away at age 32.
2001: Mariah Carey signed a $60M deal with Virgin Records for 3 albums.
2003: Edwin Starr passed away.