April 3: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Carter G. Woodson
1858: Politician & physician Matthew Ricketts was born. He was the 1st African American state senator in Nebraska. (Died: 1917)
1883: Inventor Humphrey H. Reynolds received a patent for the window ventilator for railroad cars.
1928: Retired NBA player Earl Lloyd was born. He was the 1st African American to play in an NBA game.
1936: Jazz musician and bandleader Jimmy McGriff was born (Died: 2008).
1950: The ‘Father of Black History’ Carter G. Woodson passed away.
1952: Harry Belafonte recorded his first songs for RCA Victor.
1959: The BBC banned the Coasters’ ‘Charlie Brown’ over its reference to spitballs.
1961: The #1 song was ‘Blue Moon’ by the Marcels.
1961: Happy Birthday to Actor and comedian Eddie Murphy who turns 53 today.
1968: Dr. Martin Luther King gave his last speech “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop’ the day before he was assassinated.
1976: “Love Really Hurts Without You” by Billy Ocean reached #2 in England & #22 in the USA.
1976: Diana Ross’s ‘Love Hangover’ made its way on the Hot 100 chart,eventually reaching number one.
1990: Jazz legend Sarah Vaughan passed away.
1991: Queen Latifah, Big Daddy Kane & Afrika Bambaataa appeared at Rap Portraits and Lyrics of a Generation of Black Rockers in New York.
1991: Bo Jackson signed a 1-year contract with the Chicago White Sox.
1992: Prince started a tour at the Tokyo Dome, in Tokyo, Japan.
1996: Ron Brown, Secretary of Commerce, was killed in a plane crash.
1996: Carl Stokes, 1st black mayor of a major city (Cleveland) passed away.
1996: MC Hammer (former Forbes lister) filed for bankruptcy.
1998: Michael’s daughter Paris Michael Katherine Jackson was born.
2012: President Barack Obama officially secured Democratic presidential nomination.