August 6: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Abbey Lincoln
1848: Susie King-Taylor was born. She was a teacher, nurse, educator and an autobiographer. During reconstruction, she organized the women’s Relief Corps. She passed away in 1912 at age 64.
1930: Anna Marie Wooldridge known by her stage name Abbey Lincoln was born. She was a jazz vocalist, songwriter, and actress, who wrote and performed her own compositions. She passed away in 2010 at age 80.
1942: Byard Lancaster was born. He was a jazz saxophonist and flutist. He passed away in 2012 at age 70.
1950: Dorian Harewood was born. He is an award winning actor of film, stage, television and voice-over. He turns 63 today.
1950: Nathan Purdee was born. He is an actor who helped open doors for other actors in the daytime soap arena. He was in The Young & the Restless and One life to Live. He turns 63 today.
1953: Lynn White was born. She is a Memphis Soul & Blues Diva. She turns 60 years old today.
1955: ‘A Fool for You’ by Ray Charles was the Number One R&B song on this day.
1956: Filming began on Alan Freed’s classic rock flick Rock, Rock, Rock, featuring LaVern Baker along with Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers, the Flamingos, the Moonglows, and Chuck Berry.
1958: Randy DeBarge was born. He is an R&B singer, songwriter and musician. He turns 55 today.
1960: Chubby Checker debuted “The Twist” on national TV when he performed it on American Bandstand.
1962: Jamaica became independent from the United Kingdom on this day.
1965: David Robinson was born. He is a retired NBA player and a Hall of Famer considered as of of the greatest centers to ever play. He turns 48 today.
1965: Ravi Coltrane was born. He is a post-bob jazz saxophonist, composer, bandleader and record producer. He turns 48 today.
1966: The Supremes’ “You Can’t Hurry Love” was issued and raced to #1.
1971: Merrin Dungey was born. She is an actress of film and television. She turns 42 today.
1972: Michael Jackson’s “Ben” charted en-route to #1 pop (#5 R&B). Written for the movie Ben
1973: Stevie Wonder was seriously injured in a car accident on the road to Durham, NC, when his car crashed into a logging truck.
1979: Joyce L. Alexander was sworn in as the first African American woman U.S. Magistrate Judge in Boston.
1998: Ray Charles performed at radio City Music Hall in New York. He was sixty-eight at the time.
2004 The King of Punk Funk Rick James died on this day in his sleep of a heart attack in his Los Angeles home. He was 56 years old.
2010: Phelps (Catfish) Collins passed away. He was a R&B and blues guitarist. He was a veteran of James Brown’s J. B.’s, Parliament-Funkadelic. He was 66 years old.
2011: A peaceful march in protest of the death of Mark Duggan, a 29 year old fatally shot by police, in Tottenham, London ended in a riot, sparking off a wave of rioting throughout the country over the following four nights.