March 29th in Black History
1898: W.J. Ballow received a patent for the hatrack/table combo.
1918: Pearl Bailey was born (actress, singer, comedienne)
1940: Joe Louis knocked out Johnny Paycheck in two rounds.
1944: US Navy ship, USS Mason, a WWII warship manned by a black crew was commissioned.
1945: Walt Frazier was born (retired NBA)
1955: Earl Campbell was born (retired NFL)
1961: After a 4 year trial Nelson Mandela was acquitted of treason.
1969: ‘Runaway Child, Running Wild’ by the Temptations – No. 1 R&B song.
1975: LaBelle went to No. 1 with ‘Lady Marmalade’
1978: Tina Turner’s divorce from Ike became final.
1980: Lionel Richie performed ‘Endless Love’ at the 55th Academy Awards.
2005: Attorney Johnnnie Cochran passed away.
2007: Calvin Lockhart passed away.