This Day in Black History: January 16
1870: Willie Simms was born. He was a Hall of Fame thoroughbred horse racing jockey and the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. He passed in 1927.
1901: Hiram Revels passed away, aged 73. He was a minister and a politician. He was the 1st person of color to serve in the U.S. Senate.
1904: Jazz singer Ivie Anderson was born. She passed away at age 44 in 1949 after years of suffering from asthma.
1931: Happy Birthday to actress Ellen Holly who turns 83 today.
1932: Duke Ellington & his orchestra recorded ‘It Don’t Mean a Thing.’
1943: Happy Birthday to Marcelite J. Harris who turns 71. She was the 1st African American female general of the U.S. Air Force.
1950: Happy Birthday to choreographer, actress and director Debbie Allen who turns 64 today.
1957: ‘Lucille’ by Little Richard was recorded.
1959: Happy Birthday to singer, songwriter, composer & producer Sade who turns 55 today.
1961: ‘Shop Around’ by the Miracles was the #1 R&B song.
1962: Happy Birthday to singer Maxine Jones who turns 52 today.
1965: The Supremes achieved their 3rd straight #1 song with “Come See About Me”.
1967: Lucius Amerson, became the 1st southern (Ala) black sheriff in 20th century.
1969: Happy Birthday to boxer, rapper & actor Roy Jones, Jr. who turns 45 today.
1973: Happy Birthday to actor Richard T. Jones who turns 42 today.
1979: Aaliyah was born in Brooklyn. She died in a plane crash in the Bahamas in 2001.
1980: Happy Birthday to rapper Goldie Loc who turns 34 today.
1981: Boxer Leon Spinks was mugged and his assailants even took his gold teeth.
1982: Earth, Wind & Fire had one of The Top R&B Songs of the 80’s as “Let’s Groove” spent an 8th week at #1.
1986: Tina Turner’s concert at Macarana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, drew 188,000 the largest audience ever for a solo artist.
1988: “The Way You Make Me Feel” by Michael Jackson spent a 4th week at #1 on the R&B chart.
1989: Michael Jackson played the 1st of 5 nights at the Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles, the final stop on his world tour. Jackson donated more than $1 million to a charitable organization fighting child cruelty.
1990: Ike Turner was convicted of driving under the influence of cocaine and was sentenced to four years in prison.
1991: Wilson Pickett was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
1993: Quincy Jones & His Orchestra and Bob Dylan performed at an Inaugural Ball for U.S. President Bill Clinton.
1993: Whitney Houston began a 7th week at #1 on the R&B chart with “I Will Always Love You”.
1994: The Diana Ross TV movie “Out of Darkness” aired on CBS-TV.
1996: Jamaican authorities fired upon Jimmy Buffett’s seaplane, after mistaking it for a drug trafficker’s plane. U2 singer Bono was with Buffett, but neither was hurt.
1997: Graduate student, aspiring teacher and son of Bill Cosby, Ennis Cosby was fatally shot during an attempted robbery. He was 27 years old.
1999: Brandy had the #1 song with “Have You Ever”.
2000: Bass singer and member of the Coasters, Will ‘Dub’ Jones, passed away at the age of 71.
2012: Jimmy Castor passed away, aged 71. He was a New York funk and soul saxophonist, singer, and songwriter whose tune, “It’s Just Begun,” morphed over 40 years into an anthem for generations of hip-hoppers and mainstream musical acts.