This Day in Black History: January 14
FEATURED: Niles Ford
1873: P B S Pinchback was elected to Senate.
1878: The U.S. Supreme court ruled that race separation on trains unconstitutional.
1895: Blacks organized the National Steamboat Company in Washington, D.C. The company sailed a steamboat, the “George Leary,” between DC and Norfolk, Virginia.
1907: An earthquake hit the island of Kingston, Jamaica with a magnitude of 6.5 damaging every building and taking over 1,000 lives.
1914: Poet Dudley Randall was born. He founded a publishing co., Broadside Press in 1965 which published many leading African American writers. He passed in 2000.
1916: John Oliver Killens was born. He was a writer whose novels of African American life received two Pulitzer Prize nominations. He passed away in 1987.
1919: Actor of film and television Joe Seneca was born. He passed away in 1996, aged 77.
1925: Happy Birthday to History Maker NASA scientist, chemist & professor Albert Antoine who turns 89 years old today.
1930: Pioneering chemist Ernest E. Just was named as V.P. of American Zoologists.
1936: Happy Birthday to singer, songwriter and musician Clarence Carter who turns 78 today.
1938: Happy Birthday to musician and composer Allen Toussaint who turns 76 years old today.
1940: Happy Birthday to politician, civil rights leader, professor & writer Julian Bond who turns 74 today.
1941: Hubert Johnson and member of the Contours was born. He died in 1981 at age 40. His death was ruled a suicide.
1948: Happy Birthday to actor Carl Weathers who turns 66 today.
1954: Happy Birthday to actress, author & acting coach Vernee Watson-Johnson who turns 60 today.
1956: “Tutti Frutti” by Little Richard was released reaching #2 R&B and staying for 6 weeks.
1965: Happy Birthday to rapper & record producer Slick Rick who turns 49 today.
1966: Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles performed on Britain’s TV show Ready, Steady, Go! while promoting their new single, “Over The Rainbow.”
1968: Happy Birthday to actor, rapper & entrepreneur LL Cool J who turns 46 today.
1969: John Earl Warren, Jr., Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, was killed in action during the Vietnam War when an enemy grenade was thrown in the middle of his small group. He used his body to shield the other soldiers from harms way. He was 23 years old. His medal was posthumously presented to his family by President Richard M. Nixon on August 6, 1970.
1970: Diana Ross performed in her last show as a Supreme at Las Vegas’s Frontier Hotel.
1972: Sanford and Son premiered on NBC starring Redd Foxx and Demond Wilson. It became an immediate hit.
1978: Happy Birthday to athlete & Olympic Gold Medalist Shawn Crawford who turns 36 today.
1979: President Carter proposed Martin Luther King’s birthday be a holiday.
1988: Happy Birthday to NFL wide receiver Hakeem Nicks who turns 26 today.
1995: Babyface had his thirty-second Top 10 hit as a songwriter when Madonna’s “Take A Bow” reached #8 on this day.
2012: Niles Ford died of a heart attack at age 52. He was actor, dancer, choreographer and founding member of the Dance Theater Workshop with Jeff Duncan & Bill T. Jones.