April 6: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Matthew A. Henson
1830: James A. Healy, the 1st African American Roman Catholic priest & Roman Catholic bishop in the US was born (Died: 1900).
1909: African American explorer Matthew A. Henson became the first man to reach the North Pole.
1922: Pianist extraordinaire Dorothy Donegan was born (Died: 1998)
1931: The Scottsboro trials began in Alabama.
1937: Billy Dee Williams was born.
1963: #1 song was ‘He’s So Fine’ by the Chiffons.
1973: The Stylistics’ ‘Break Up to Make Up’ received a Gold record.
1974: Earth, Wind & Fire was one of many top performances at the 1st California Jam 1 Festival with over 200,000 in attendance.
1991: Patti LaBelle performed on Bob Hope’s Yellow Ribbon Party in honor of returning troops from the first Gulf War.
1996: Mariah Carey’s ‘Always Be My Baby’ charted on its way to #1.
1998: Chubby Checker guest-starred on CBS-TV’s Murphy Brown.
1999: Actor Kwesi Boakye was born.
2001: R&B singer Charles Pettigrew passed away from cancer at age 37.