August 18: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: James Meredith
1928: Sonny Til was born. He was a singer and original lead singer for the group The Orioles. He passed away in 1981.
1935: Gail Fisher was born. She was an actress who broke down barriers for other black actress. She is also the first African American woman to win a Golden Globe. She passed way in 2000 at age 65.
1935: Rafer Johnson was born. He is a former decathlete and film actor. He was the 1960 Olympic gold medalist as well as a real life hero. He along with Rosey Grier tackled Sirhan Sirhan moments after he assassinated Robert F. Kennedy. He turns 78 today.
1943: Edwin Hawkins was born. He is a Grammy Award winning gospel musician, pianist, choir master, composer and arranger. Oh Happy Day sold over 7 million copies worldwide and earned him a Grammy. He turns 70 today.
1945: The Legendary Delta Rhythm Boys teamed up with the “First Lady of Jazz”‘ Ella Fitzgerald, on “It’s Only A Paper Moon,” which entered the R&B hit parade and eventually reached #4 and #9 pop
1945: Sarah Dash was born. She is a musician, singer, songwriter and actress. She turns 68 today.
1945: Barbara Harris was born. She is a R&B singer, best known as a member of the 1960s girl group The Toys.
1951: The Five Keys had their chart debut with “The Glory Of Love,” which reached #1 for four weeks.
1953: Marvin Isley was born. He was the youngest of the Isley Brothers and the bass guitarist for the group. He died in 2010 at age 56 from complications of diabetes.
1961: Glenn Plummer was born. He is an actor of film and television. He turns 52 today.
1962: ‘You’ll Lose a Good Thing’ by Barbara Lynn was the Number One Song this day.
1963: James Meredith became the first black person to graduate from the University of Mississippi.
1968: The Drifters and Bill Haley & the Comets performed at San Francisco’s Avalon Ballroom.
1969: Jamel Arief aka Masta Killa was born. He is a rapper and member of the Wu-Tang Clan. He turns 44 today.
1970: Malcolm Jamal Warner was born. He is an actor, television director, and musician. He turns 43 today.
1973: The Pointer Sisters charted with “Yes You Can Can,” reaching #12 R&B and #11 pop with their debut Top 1100 disc.
1983: Daniel Swain aka Danny! was born. He is a rapper, record producer and songwriter. He turns 30 today.
1990: Micheal Jackson, well-known for his love of children, invited 130 from the YMCA to visit his Neverland Ranch, spending the day at his video arcade, theater, and zoo.
1992: El DeBarge and Chaka Khan performed at New York’s Beacon Theater. Two months earlier Chaka had become a grandmother at age thirty-nine.
1995: Parker McKenna Posey was born. She is an actress best known for her role as Kady Klye on the ‘My Wife & Kids’ sitcom. She turns 18 today.
1998: Leonard ‘Chick’ Carbo passed away. He was an R&B singer and musician and member of the New Orlean’s group ‘The Spiders.’ He was 71 years old.