April 16: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Nelson Mandela
1921: Biochemist Marie Daly was born. She was the first African American woman in the US to earn a Ph.D. in Chemistry. (Died 2003).
1924: Don Redman performed the first recorded scat vocals.
1929: Singer, songwriter, producer Ed Townsend was born (Died: 2003).
1929: R&B singer Roy Hamilton was born (Died: 1969).
1947: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was born.
1963: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pens his letter from Birmingham Jail while incarcerated for protesting against segregation.
1965: Martin Lawrence was born.
1966: ‘When a Man Loves a Woman’ by Percy Sledge charted, reaching #1 on both Pop & R&B.
1968: Rufus Stokes patented the Exhaust Purifier.
1969: Desmond Dekker’s single ‘The Israelite s’ went to #1 in the UK.
1970: NBA (retired) Walt Williams was born.
1971: Singer, Songwriter, producer Akon was born.
1973: Leila Smith Foley became the 1st Black woman elected mayor of a US city (Taft, OK).
1974: Actress Valarie Rae Miller was born.
1977: Sudanese Super model Alek Wek was born.
1977: #1 R&B song – ‘At Midnight’ by Rufus featuring Chaka Khan.
1988: “Parents Just Don’t Understand’ by D.J. Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince landed on the R&B hit list.
1990: Nelson Mandela made an appearance at a huge pop concert held in his honor during a visit to Britain.
2005: The Rosa Parks – OutKast court case was settled.