August 8: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: John H. Johnson
1866: Matthew Henson was born. He was an explorer and the most famous being a 1909 expedition in which he was the 1st person to reach the North Pole. He passed away in 1955 at age 88.
1907: Benny Carter was a jazz alto saxophonist, clarinetist, trumpeter, composer, arranger and bandleader. He passed away in 2003 at age 95.
1910: Lucky Millinder was born. He was a Rhythm & Blues Swing bandleader. He passed away in 1966 at age 56.
1911: Rosetta LeNoire was born. She was a stage, screen, and television actress, as well as a Broadway producer and casting agent. She passed away in 2002 at age 90.
1920: Jimmy Witherspoon was born. He was one of the greatest jump blues singers. He passed away in 1997 at age 77.
1934: Julian Dixon was born. He was a politician from the state of California. He passed in 2000 at age 66.
1935: Joe Tex was born. He was a singer, songwriter and musician who gained success with his brand of Southern Soul. He passed away in 1982 following a heart attack five days after his 47th birthday.
1940: Jazz Hall of Famer Johnny Dodds passed away. New Orleans based jazz clarinetist and alto saxophonist. He died of a heart attack at age 48.
1948: Veronica Redd was born. She is an actress of film, television & daytime soaps. She turns 65 today.
1949: Airrion Love was born. He was a member of the group Stylistics and was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004. He turns 64 today.
1952: Robin Quivers was born. She is a radio personality, author & actress and long-time sidekick/co-host to Howard Stern. She turns 61 today.
1959: Dr. William A. Hinton passed away at age 76. He was the first black professor in the history of Harvard University. A pioneer in the field of public health, Hinton developed a test for syphilis which, because of its accuracy, was used by the United States Public Health Service.
1960: Chubby Checker’s ‘The Twisted’ charted on the R&B chart reaching number 2.
1962: Kool Moe Dee was born. He was one of the 1st rappers to earn a Grammy Award and was the first rapper to perform at the Grammys. He turns 51 today.
1968: Little Richard performed in New York’s Central Park for the Shaefer Music Festival.
1970: ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours’ by Stevie Wonder was the number one song this day.
1975: Cannonball” Adderley passed away. He was a jazz alto saxophonist of the hard bop era of the 1950s and 1960s
1978: Countess Vaughn was born. She is an award winning actress and singer. She turns 35 today.
1979: Rashard Lewis was born. He currently plays for the Miami Heat of the NBA. He turns 34 today.
1981: Meagan Good was born. film and television actress and occasional film producer. Beginning her career at the age of four, Good has appeared in numerous commercials, television shows, feature films, and music videos.She turns 31 today.
1987: Michael Jackson’s duet with Siedah Garrett, “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” charted, reaching #1 pop and R&B and #1 in Britain.
1998: Prince performed at the Plaza de Toros in Malaga, Spain, as part of his newest European tour.
2005: Publishing legend John H. Johnson passed away of congestive heart failure. He was the first African American to appear on the Forbes 400 list. He was 87 years old.
2008: Eleo Pomare passed away at age 70. He was a dancer, choreographer and activist whose wit tempered his angry social-protest pieces about the human condition and the plight of blacks. He first stunned audiences in the ’60s with works of originality and forcefulness.