August 14: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Ernest Just
1883: Ernest Everett Just was born. He was a pioneering biologist, academic and science writer. He was the first recipient of the Spingarn Medal. He passed away in 1941 at age 57.
1922: Rebecca J. Cole passed away. She was the second African American woman to become a doctor in the United States. She was 76 years old.
1929: Dick Tiger was born. He was a talented boxer, commercial venturer and considered as one of the greatest fighters to come out of Africa. He died of liver cancer when he was 42.
1946: Antonio Fargas was born. He is an actor of film, television and stage. He turns 67 today.
1946: Larry Graham, Jr. was born. He is a bass guitar player, songwriter and producer. He was a member of Sly & the Family Stone and founder & frontman of Graham Central Station. He turns 67 today.
1951: Carl Lumbly was born. He is an actor of film, television and stage. He turns 62 today.
1956: Jackee Harry was born. She is an actress of television and film. She turns 56 today.
1959: Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson was born. He is a retired NBA player, Olympic gold medalist & a Hall of Famer. He turns 54 today.
1960: Sharon Bryant was born. She is a singer and began her career as the lead singer of the R&B Group Atlantic Starr. She turns 53 today.
1961: The Marvelettes’ first single, “Please Mr. Postman,” was released. It delivered to the tune of #1, their only #1 of a twenty-three hit career.
1961: Chubby Checker’s “Let’s Twist Again” spent its second week at its peak of #8 pop, adding fuel to the worldwide “Twist” fire.
1961: The Bar-Keys performed their instrumental hit “Last Night” on American Bandstand.
1965: The most soulful White duo on the music scene, the Righteous Brothers charted with “Unchained Melody,” climbing almost as high on the R&B charts (#6) as they did on the pop charts (#4).
1966: Halle Berry was born. She is an Academy Award winning actress. She turns 47 today.
1969: Albert Moss aka DJ Uncle Al was born. He was known for his trend setting and innovative abilities in music producing and broadcasting as well as his philosophy of “peace in the hood” and non-violence in the community. He was fatally shot in 2001. He was 32 years old.
1971: King Curtis passed away.
1971: ‘Mercy, Mercy Me’ by Marvin Gaye was the Number One R&B song this day.
1985: Micheal Jackson drove a wedge into his relationship with Paul McCartney when he outbid the ex-Beatle for the ATV Music Publishing catalog, which contained more than 250 Lennon/McCartney songs. The price was $47.5 million. Michael had no trouble paying for the catalog, as he had received a royalty check three months earlier from Epic Records for more than $58 million.
1990: Lafayette Leake passed away. He was a was a blues and jazz pianist, organist, vocalist and composer. He was 71 years old.
1992: Tony Williams, lead singer of the famous Platters, died of emphysema at his New York home. His last live performance was with his wife, Helen, and son, Ricky, as Tony Williams & the Platters on New Year’s Eve, 1991, in Thailand. He was sixty-four.
1994: Alice Childress passed away. She was an award-winning playwright, actor and author. She was 81 years old.
2000: Anthony Ervin became the first African American male to make the U.S. Olympic Swimming team after qualifying in the men’s 50-meter freestyle.
2012: Charles Maynard passed away. He was a Bahamian politician and Nat’l chairman of the Free National Movement political party. He died of a heart attack at age 42.