March 31st in Black History
1870: Thomas P. Mundy of NJ was born (first black to vote in the US)
1878: The first black heavyweight champion, Jack Johnson, was born.
1901: U.S. Navy Seaman Alphonse Gerandy was awarded Medal of Honor
1931: Cab Calloway recorded ‘Minnie the Moocher’ the 1st jazz album to sell a million copies.
1973: Anada Lewis was born.
1980: Jesse Owens passed away.
1986: O’Kelly Isley passed away this day.
1988: Toni Morrison won the Pulitzer Prize for Beloved.
1991: Whitney Houston performed ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ at the Norfolk Naval Air Station for American Soldiers returning from the Gulf War. The recording sold over 750,000 in only nine days.