This Day in Black History: January 17
FEATURED: First Lady Michelle Obama
1927: Eartha Kitt was born. She was a singer, actress, dancer, cabaret star & 5-time Emmy winner. She passed away in 2008, aged 81.
1931: Happy Birthday to actor James Earl Jones who turns 83 today.
1942: Happy Birthday to Muhammad Ali who turns 72 today.
1953: Happy Birthday to singer Sheila Hutchinson who turns 61 today.
1963: Wilt Chamberlain of NBA the San Francisco Warriors scored 67 points vs LA.
1964: Happy Birthday to First Lady Michelle Obama who turns 50 years old.
1966: The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. opened campaign in Chicago, IL.
1966: Happy Birthday to Jamaican Dancehall musician Shabba Ranks who turns 48 today.
1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded a performance for Radio Luxembourg’s Ready Steady Radio.
1969: Charlie Watts’ book, a tribute to Charlie Parker ‘Ode to a High Flying Bird’ was published.
1970: Sporting News named Willie Mays as Player of the Decade for the 1960s.
1970: Singer & musician Billy Stewart and three of his band members were killed when their car went out of control and off a bridge over the River Neuse in North Carolina.
1971: Marvin Gaye sang the U.S. national anthem at SuperBowl V in Miami, FL.
1976: ‘Gratitude’ by Earth, Wind & Fire became the #1 album.
1976: “Wake Up Everybody” by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes reached #1.
1981: Kool & the Gang made it five weeks at #1 on the R&B chart with “Celebration”.
1981: Happy Birthday to Ray J. who turns 33 today.
1982: Happy Birthday to D-Wade who turns 32 today.
1983: Michael Jackson released the single “Billie Jean”.
1987: Luther Vandross had himself a #1 R&B hit with the great song “Stop to Love”.
1989: The Phoenix Suns cancelled a game with the Miami Heat due to racial unrest in Miami.
1990: The Four Tops & the Platters were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
1992: “Michael Jackson…the Legend Continues” aired on CBS-TV.
1994: Salt ‘N’ Pepa & En Vogue released the single ‘Whatta Man.’
1996: Politician & leader of the Civil Rights Movement Barbara Jordan passed away. She was 59 years old.
1997: Chicago Bull’s Dennis Rodman kicked cameraman Eugene Amos in the groin and was suspended by the NBA.
1998: Blues singer & musician Junior Kimbrough passed away, aged 67.
2008: Aspiring rapper Kyle D. Parnell aka K-Nell was fatally shot at his recording studio in Illinois. He was 19 years old.
2008: Ernie Holmes was killed in an auto accident, aged 59. He was a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Pittsburgh Steelers as well as a was part of a famous front four that included “Mean” Joe Greene, L. C. Greenwood, and Dwight White.
2013: Actor Robert F. Chew passed away, aged 52 (heart attack).