April 10: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Jackie Robinson
1872: The 1st National Black convention met in New Orleans.
1936: Bobbie Smith of the Detroit Spinners born (Died: 2013).
1947: Bunny Livingston of the Wailers was born.
1947: Jackie Robinson became the 1st black to play MLB (Dodgers).
1950: Baseball great Ken Griffey, Sr. was born.
1950: Eddie Hazel,guitarist for Funkadelic, Parliament & the Temptations was born (Died: 1992).
1958: R&B singer & songwriter Chuck Willis died during surgery of peritonitis. He was 30 years old. Dick Clark devoted an hour of American Bandstand in his memory.
1958: Musician, singer/songwriter, producer Babyface was born.
1960: Olivia Brown was born.
1960: Afrika Bambaataa was born.
1968: Actor/comedian Orlando Jones was born.
1970: Singer Kenny Lattimore was born.
1970: Rapper/producer Q-Tip was born.
1972: The Theme from Shaft received an Academy Award for Best Original Song in a film and Isaac Hays rec’d standing ovation during the presentation of his Oscar.
1985: Beverly Hills Cop starring Eddie Murphy made top 10 list of top-grossing motion pictures.
1988: Herschel Walker performed at the Fort Worth Ballet.
1991: Actor Kevin Peter Hall passed away at age 35 from AIDS he contracted from a contaminated blood transfusion.
1993: Jurors began deliberations in the trial of four LA police officers charged with violating Rodney King’s civil rights.
2002: James Brown was declared South Carolina’s Godfather of Soul by the State’s governor.
2003: Little Eva passed away. In 1962. Her song ‘Loco-Motion went to number 1, sold over a million copies and she was awarded a gold disc.
2007: Dakota Staton passed away at age 76.