April 18: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Etta James
1813: James McCune Smith (physician, apothecary, abolitionist & author) was born. He finished 1st in his class and was the 1st African American to run a pharmacy in the US.
1868: Hampton University was founded
1881: Actor & producer Noble Johnson was born (Died: 1978).
1904: Comedian & entertainer Pigmeat Markham was born (Died: 1981).
1922: Jack Johnson received a patent for the wrench.
1924: Blues great Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown was born (Died: 2005).
1953: #1 R&B song – ‘Hound Dog’ by ‘Big Mama’ Thornton.
1965: Marian Anderson ended her 30-year singing career with a concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
1966: Bill Russell was named coach of the Boston Celtics.
1974: James Brown rec’d a gold record for the single ‘The Payback.’
1977: Alex Haley was awarded a Pulitzer for ‘Roots.’
1983: Marvin Gaye began what would become his last tour starting in San Diego, CA.
1984: Michael Jackson had scalp surgery in LA to repair damage done after his hair caught fire during the filming of a Pepsi commercial.
1987: Aretha Franklin & George Michael started a 2 week run at #1.
1997: ‘Murder at 1600’ starring Wesley Snipes opened in theaters.
2003: Etta James got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1993: B.B. King, Millie Jackson and Bobby Blue Bland performed at the Westbury Music Fair in New York.