May 13th in Black History:
FEATURED: Stevie Wonder
1911: Jazz singer Maxine Sullivan was born. Her career spanned five decades. She passed in 1987.
1914: Boxing legend Joe Louis was born. He passed in 1981.
1943: Singer Mary Wells (signature hit ‘My Guy’) was born. She passed in 1992.
1944: Singer, songwriter & Aretha’s sister, Carolyn Franklin was born. She passed in 1988.
1949: Happy Birthday to actor & comedian Franklyn Ajaye who turns 65 today.
1950: Happy Birthday to singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer Stevie Wonder who turns 64 today..
1955: R&B singer Brandi Wells was born. She died of cancer in 2003, aged 47.
1961: Retired NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman turns 53 today.
1964: Pro bodybuilder Ronnie Coleman was born. He is an eight time Mr. Olympia winner. He turns 50 years old today.
1966: Happy Birthday to award winning singer & songwriter Darius Rucker who turns 48 today.
1967: Singer Melanie Thornton was born. She died in a plane crash at age 34.
1967: #1 R&B song – ‘Jimmy Mack’ by Martha & the Vandellas.
1971: James Charles Evers was elected as the 1st Black Mayor of Fayette, MS.
1971: On Stevie Wonder’s 21st birthday he was to be paid all of his childhood earnings ($30 M) but only received $1 M resulting in new negotiations with the Berry Gordy Co. and the establishment of his on publishing and production companies.
1985: The FBI & City of Philadelphia dropped a C4 bomb on MOVE organization’s Osage Avenue home where the members of the radical group lived. Ramona Africa and a 12 yr. old boy escaped through a basement window. 11 members (five were children) burned to death.
1989: Stevie wonder spent his 39th birthday on stage at Wembley Arena in London.
1990: George Augustus Stallings became the 1st bishop of the African American Catholic Church, a breakaway group from the Roman Catholic Church.
1996: Patti LaBelle taped a TV special with the Boston Pops Orchestra.
2013: Chuck Muncie passed away, aged 60. He was a pro bowl running back. He created the Chuck Muncie Youth Foundation in Los Angeles whose mission was to offer mentoring, educational assistance and counseling.