January 28: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Arthur Ashe
1862: Medical missionary LuLu Fleming was born. She was the 1st African American to be commissioned for work in Africa. She became ill and returned to the states where she passed, aged 37.
1901: Sculptor & recipient of numerous awards, Richmond Barthe was born. He passed away in 1989, aged 88.
1933: Happy Birthday to blues singer, guitarist & songwriter Drink Small who turns 81 today.
1934: Happy Birthday to former MLB 1st baseman, sportscaster & National League President Bill white. He turns 80 today.
1938: Crystal Byrd Fauset was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
1941: Jamaican electronics & sound engineer King Tubby was born. He was fatally shot in 1989, aged 48.
1941: Happy Birthday to electric blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Cash McCall who turns 73 today.
1944: Matthew Henson was awarded a joint medal by Congress for his role as co-discoverer of the North Pole
1960: Zora Neale Hurston passed away, aged 69. She was a folklorist, anthropologist, and author.
1962: Happy Birthday to Pastor Creflo Dollar who turns 52 today.
1963: Black student Harvey Gantt entered Clemson College in South Carolina, the last state to hold out against integration.
1967: Happy Birthday to Gospel great Marvin Sapp who turns 47 today.
1967: ‘Tell It Like It Is’ by Aaron Neville was the #1 R&B song.
1968: Happy Birthday to Rapper Rakim who turns 46 today.
1968: Happy Birthday to DJ Muggs who turns 46 today.
1997: At South Africa’s Truth Commission, police confessed to the 1977 murder of Steve Biko.
1970: Arthur Ashe, 1st Black male to win Wimbledon, was denied entry to compete on the US Team for the South African Open tennis championships due to Ashe’s sentiments on South Africa’s racial policies
1971: Happy Birthday to singer, songwriter & record producer Anthony Hamilton who turns 43 today.
1976: Happy Birthday to rapper Rick Ross who turns 38 today.
1977: Happy Birthday to Daunte Culpepper who turns 37 today.
1986: The Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart after liftoff and took the lives of astronaut Ronald McNair and six others.
1986: Happy Birthday to rapper, producer & songwriter J Cole who turns 29 today.
1990: Singer Sandra ‘Puma’ Jones died from breast cancer, aged 36.
1998: After 62 years of racial caricatures, Colgate-Palmolive Co. redesigned packaging for its “Darkie” toothpaste sold in Asia.
2013: Hattie Harrison passed away, aged 84. She was the longest-serving delegate in the Maryland House and 1st black woman to chair a legislative committee in the General Assembly.