August 9: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Whitney Houston
1898: Robert N.C. Nix, Sr. was born. He was the first African American to represent Pennsylvania in the House of Representatives. The Robert N.C. Nix Federal Building in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is named in his honor. He passed away in 1987.
1920: Allen Farina Hoskins was born. He was an actor and played the character of Farina in the Our Gang short films from 1922 to 1931. He passed away in 1980.
1936: Summer Olympic Games: Games of the XI Olympiad – Jesse Owens won his fourth gold medal at the games becoming the first American to win four medals in one Olympiad.
1939: Bill Henderson was born. He was a singer and an original member and founder of The Spinners. He passed away in 2007.
1945: Ken Norton was born. He is a former heavyweight boxer and former WBC Heavyweight Champion. He turns 70 years old today.
1947: Barbara Mason was born. She is a R&B/soul singer. She turns 66 today.
1947: “True Blues” by Roy Milton & His Solid Senders charted, reaching #4 R&B.
1953: The Drifters recorded their first hit, “Money Honey” (#1 R&B).
1959: Kurt Walker aka Kurtis Blow was born. He is a rapper and record producer and was the first commercially successful rapper and the first to sign with a major record label. He turns 54 today.
1961: The Honorable James Parsons became the first Black Federal District Judge appointed with life tenure this day.
1963: Mulch-talented superstar Whitney Houston was born on this day. She passed away in February of 2012.
1967: Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders was born. He turns 46 today.
1969: ‘Mother Popcorn, Part I’ by James Brown was the Number One Song this day.
1971: Dedrick D’Mon Rolison aka Mack 10 was born. He is a rapper and actor. He turns 42 today.
1986: Janet Jackson hit the charts with “When I Think Of You,” the first of ten eventual pop #1s through 2001 for the youngest member of the Jackson family
1990: Aretha Franklin performed at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall.
1990: LL Cool J began a twenty-one show tour in Bloomington, MN.
1991: The Shirelles performed at the Apollo R&B Reunion to help raise funds for the financially strapped New York theater.
2003: Gregory Hines passed away. He was an actor, singer, dancer and choreographer. He was 57 years old.
2008: Bernie Mac passed away. He was a comedian, actor and voice artist. He was 50 years old.
2012: Carlo Davis passed away at age 77. He was a record producer and music impresario who helped to shape the sound of Chicago soul
2012: Al Freeman, Jr. passed away. He was an award winning actor of film, television and daytime soap ‘One Life to Live’. He was 78 years old.