April 4: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Dr. Martin Luther King
1903: Pioneering journalist, writer, and civil rights activist Marvel Cooke was born (Died: 2000).
1915: Blues legend Muddy Waters was born (Died: 1983).
1928: Maya Angelou, the most renowned and influential voices of our time was born.
1941: R&B singer Major Lance was born (Died: 1994).
1942: Businessman Richard Parsons was born (Citigroup / Time Warner)
1967: Paul McCartney told Derek Taylor (producer of the upcoming Monterey Pop Festival) about a new guitar phenomenon he had seen named Jimi Hendrix.
1968: Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated at the Loraine Motel in Memphis, TN.
1968: Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King & Buddy Guy met up for an all night blues session at a club in the states after hearing about Dr. Kings assassination.
1971: ‘Just My Imagination’ by the Temptations was the #1 song.
1972: Singer and actress Jill Scott was born.
1973: Singer Kelly Price was born.
1974: R&B singer Andre Dalyrimple was born.
1976: “Disco Lady” by Johnnie Taylor was the #1 song.
1989: Kareem Abdul Jabbar played his last NBA game in Seattle.
1998: K-Ci & Jojo started a three week run at No. 1 with ‘All My Life’
2003: 50 Cent’s ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’ sold more than 4M copies in two months.
2003: Sammy Sosa hit his 500th home run making him the 18th member of the 500 Home Run Club.
2012: Activist, Sculptor & printmaker Elizabeth Catlett died at age 96.