August 7: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Alice Coachman
1904: Ralph Bunche was born. He was a political scientist, academic, and diplomat who received the 1950 Nobel Peace Prize for his late 1940s mediation in Palestine. He was the first African American and person of color to be so honored in the history of the prize. He was involved in the formation and administration of the United Nations and in 1963, was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President John F. Kennedy. He passed away in 1971 at age 68.
1906: Ernestine Wade was born. She was a pioneering actress of radio, television & film. She had her 1st acting gig when she was only four years old. She passed away in 1983 at age 76.
1929: Rev. Julius Cheeks was born. He was a preacher and a gospel singer who enjoyed the majority of his success with The Sensational Nightingales. He passed away in 1981 at age 51.
1932: Abebe Bikila was born. He was a double Olympic marathon champion from Ethiopia, most famous for winning a marathon gold medal in the 1960 Summer Olympics while running barefoot. A stadium in Addis Ababa is named in his honor. He died in 1973 at the age of 41 from a cerebral hemorrhage. Over 75,000 people attended his funeral.
1932: Maurice F. Rabb, Jr. was born. He was an ophthalmologist, author and administrator. He passed away in 2005 at age 72.
1945: Alan Page was born. He is an associate justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court and a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He turns 68 today.
1946: Sculptor Isaac Hathaway became the first Black chosen to design an American coin.
1948: Alice Coachman made history when she became the first black woman to win a gold medal following a record-setting performance in the high jump.
1950: Allen Keyes was born. he is a conservative political activist, author, former diplomat, and perennial candidate for public office. He turns 63 years old today.
1954: New York Giant Baseball Hall of Famer Willie Mays’ recording with the Treniers, “Say Hey,” was released. The Treniers (were an American rock/swing band, led by identical twin brothers Claude and Cliff Trenier.
1954: Ruth Brown charted with “Oh What A Dream,” reaching #1 for eight weeks.
1956: The Harptones recorded two of their classics for Rama Records, “Three Wishes” and “That’s The Way It Goes.”
1961: Gary “U.S.” Bonds charted with “School Is Out,” eventually peaking at #12 R&B and #5 pop, his third Top 10 single in less than a year.
1963: Harold Perrineau was born. He is an actor of film and television. He turns 50 today.
1965: ‘In the Midnight Hour’ by Wilson Pickett was the Number One song on this day.
1965: Martha & the Vandellas’ “You’ve Been In Love Too Long” was released. It was their ninth hit (#36) in just two years.
1968: Curtis Davis aka Big Mello was born. He was a rapper from Houston, Tx. He died in 2002 in an auto accident. He was 33 years old.
1991: LL Cool J was sued for palimony in New York family court by his girlfriend. She asked for half his income; he conceded to pay $1,650 a month.
1993: Cypress Hill’s album Black Sunday reached #1 pop in its first week on the charts. The album also reached #13 in England.
1997: Twenty-seven years after reaching #1, the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” was certified platinum by the RIAA.
2012: Ranking Trevor passed away. He was a pioneer of rap reggae during the ’70s. He was killed in an auto accident at age 60.