May 1: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Chris Kelly
1884: Moses Fleetwood Walker became the first black person to play in a pro baseball game in the U.S. In 1889, when professional baseball erected a color barrier that stood for nearly 60 years he became a businessman and advocate of Black Nationalism.
1901: Poet, writer & teacher Sterling Allen Brown born (Died: 1989).
1915: Athlete & teacher Archie Williams was born. He took home Gold for the 400 meter run at the 1936 Summer Olympics. (Died: 1993)
1924: R&B singer & pianist Big Maybelle was born. Her 1956 hit single ‘Candy’ received the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1999. (Died: 1972)
1926: Satchel Paige made his pitching debut in Negro Southern League.
1930: Chicago bluesman Little Walter was born. He died of coronary thrombosis. He was 37 years old.
1934: Jazz singer & pianist Shirley Horn was born (Died: 2005).
1939: Max Robinson was born. He was the 1st African American broadcast network news anchor in the US. (Died: 1988)
1944: R&B – Funk singer Marva Whitney was born. (Died: 2012)
1959: Floyd Patterson KOed Brian London in 11 for heavyweight boxing title.
1950: Poet Gwendolyn Brooks became the 1st black awarded a Pulitzer Prize for her book of poetry ‘Annie Allen.’
1951: Minnie Minoso became the 1st black to play for the White Sox.
1954: Happy Birthday to singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer & composer Ray Parker, Jr. who turns 60 today.
1965: The Supremes ‘Back in My Arms Again’ was released.
1965: Solomon Burke had his biggest hit when ‘Got to Get You off My Mind’ reached #1 R&B for three weeks.
1971: ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’ by the Jackson 5 was the #1 R&B song.
1973: ‘Marvin Gaye Day’ was declared in Washington, D.C.
1976: Happy Birthday to Darius McCrary who turns 38 today.
1976: Civil rights leader, entrepreneur and surgeon T.R.M. Howard passed away at age 68.
1983: Happy Birthday to pro wrestler Craig Williams aka Human Tornado who turns 31 today.
1985: Happy Birthday to actress Drew Sidora who turns 29 today.
1989: Police in California were called to a jewelry store after employees reported a suspicious-looking person, who turned out to be Michael Jackson shopping in disguise.
1991: Rickey Henderson of the Oakland Athletics stole his 939th base, making him the all-time leader in this category.
1992: Can we all get along? Rodney King’s appealed for calm on the 3rd day of the LA riots.
1992: Singer and actress Sharon Redd passed away at age 46 of AIDS related pneumonia.
1993: Shirley Owens Reeves of the Shirelles received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the opening of the doo-wop Hall of Fame of America in providence, RI.
1998: Writer and early leader of the Black Panther Party Eldridge Cleaver passed away, aged 62.
2001: A jury found KKK member Thomas Blanton, Jr. guilty of four counts of murder and sentenced him to four life sentences for the 1963 church bombing that killed Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Denise McNair.
2003: Barry White suffered a stroke while being treated for kidney failure.
2011: President Obama announced that Osama Bin Laden had been killed by US Special Forces in Pakistan.
2012: Blues & Soul guitarist Skip Pitts passed away, aged 65. He is widely considered to have been one of the architects of soul, R&B, and funk guitar.
2013: Chris Kelly died at the age of 34 of a drug overdose. He was ½ the rap duo Kris Kross.