January 30: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Coretta Scott King
1867: Morgan State University, a historically black institution was founded in Baltimore, MD.
1911: Jazz trumpeter Roy Eldridge was born. He passed in 1989, aged 78.
1927: Jazz double bassist Ahmed Abdul-Malik was born. He passed in 1993, aged 66.
1928: Gospel singer, songwriter & composer Dorothy Love-Coates was born. She passed in 2002, aged 74.
1946: Happy Birthday to soul singer Jackie Ross who turns 68 today.
1949: Happy Birthday to singer & founding member of the Commodores William King who turns 65 today.
1951: Happy Birthday to actor & director Charles S. Dutton who turns 63 today.
1954: ‘TV Mama’ by Big Joe Turner entered the R&B charts.
1955: Happy Birthday to retired NBA player Mychal Thompson who turns 58 today. A documentary about his life ‘The Trailblazer’ previewed at LA Live’s Regal Cinemas last November.
1956: Accepting the role as leader of the Montgomery Improvement Association, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s home was bombed.
1959: Happy Birthday to Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter & pianist Jody Watley who turns 55 today.
1961: ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow’ by the Shirelles hit #1.
1961: Happy Birthday to actor & documentary filmmaker Dexter Scott King who turns 53 today.
1964: Happy Birthday to retired NBA player Otis Smith who turns 50 today.
1971: “Groove Me” by King Floyd was the #1 R&B song.
1973: Happy Birthday to retired NBA player Jalen Rose who turns 41 today.
1977: The final episode of ‘Roots’ aired and still stands as the 3rd highest rated program in the U.S.
1979: Moses Khumalo was born. He was dubbed as one of South Africa’s most promising young saxophonists. He died of an apparent suicide in 2006, aged 27.
1979: Leroy ‘Satchel’ Paige was named all-time outstanding player by the National Baseball Congress.
1980: Blues Singer & pianist Professor Longhair passed away, aged 61.
1984: Happy Birthday to hip-hop artist & actor Kid Cudi who turns 30 today.
1989: Happy Birthday to actor, singer & rapper Khleo Thomas who turns 25 today.
1994: Natalie Cole sang the National anthem at Superbowl XXVIII in Atlanta.
1995: The National Institutes of Health announced the success of clinical trials testing the 1st preventive treatment for sickle-cell disease.
2006: Activist, leader and author Coretta Scott King passed away, aged 78.