April 1: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Gil Scott Heron
1895: Blues Singer, songwriter and nurse Alberta Hunter was born. She passed away in 1984, aged 89.
1917: Composer and pianist Scott Joplin passed away at age 49 dementia and other health problems.
1929: Atlanta University was established.
1936: Happy Birthday to Singer & songwriter Rudy Isley who turns 75 today.
1948: Happy Birthday to musician, singer and actor Jimmy Cliff who turns 66 today. He is the only living recipient of the Order of Merit awarded by the Jamaican government for achievement in the arts & sciences.
1949: Poet, singer, songwriter, author & musician Gil Scott Heron was born. He passed in 2011, aged 62.
1949: “Happy Pappy” premiered. It was the first all-black-cast variety show.
1950: Medical Pioneer and surgeon Dr. Charles Drew died from severe injuries sustained in an auto accident. He was 45 years old.
1956: #1 R&B song: “Drown in My Own Tears” by Ray Charles.
1960: The Four Tops performed at the Apollo Theater.
1966: First World Festival of Black Art was held in Dakar, Senegal.
1971: Happy Birthday to rapper, actor Method Man who turns 44 today.
1972: Happy Birthday to Albert & Allen Hughes who turn 42 today. The twins are film directors, producers and screenwriters.
1983: NFL player Sean Taylor was born this day. He died from injuries sustained during a robbery at this home.
1984: Singer, songwriter & musician Marvin Gaye died this day. He was 44 years old.
1985: The long-awaited album ‘We Are the World’ was finally released.
1989: B.B. King & U2 charted with ‘When love Comes to Town.’
1991: Dwight Goodin signed a $5.15 M three year contract with NY Mets.
1992: Boyz II Men & Hammer began the ‘Too Legit to Quit’ tour.
1994: The O’Jays, the Whispers & Levert performed at the Westbury Music fair in Long Island, NY.
1999: Jesse Stone passed away, aged 97. He was one of the greatest songwriters of the R&B, Rock N Roll era.
2012: Filmmaker & director Jamaa Fanaka passed away. He was 69 years old.