May 9: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Kevin Peter Hall
1897: Rudolph Fisher was born. He was a physician, radiologist, novelist, short story writer, dramatist, musician & orator.(Died: 1934).
1937: Dave Prater of Sam & Dave fame was born. (Died: 1988)
1939: Olympic Gold Medalist Ralph Boston was born. He was the 1st person to jump 27 feet. He won three Gold, one Silver and one Bronze.
1948: Happy Birthday to NBA Hall of Famer Calvin Murphy who turns 66. Before basketball he was a world class baton twirler. His reputation as a twirler earned him invitations to perform at major sporting events & the 1964 New York World’s Fair. At the height of his basketball career in Houston, he won the Texas State Men’s Twirling Championship.
1952: Actor Canada Lee passed away. He pioneered roles for African Americans and was a champion of civil rights in the 30s and 40s. He died shortly before he was scheduled to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee. He was 45.
1955: Actor Kevin Peter Hall was born. He was 7’2″ and co-starred in Harry & the Henderson’s (as Harry) as well as the title character in the 1st two films in the Predator franchise. He passed away in 1991, aged 35, of AIDS that he contracted from a contaminated blood transfusion.
1968: Arthur Mitchell passed away. He was the 1st African American to be elected to the United States Congress as a Democrat.
1970: Happy Birthday to rapper and prominent member of the Wu-Tang Clan Ghostface Killah who turns 44 today.
1975: Happy Birthday to R&B singer & songwriter Tamia who turns 39 today.
1979: Happy Birthday to actress, singer & writer Rosario Dawson who turns 35 today.
1987: #1 R&B -‘There’s Nothing Better Than Love’ by Luther Vandross.
1992: Snoop Dogg made his R&B chart debut with ‘Deep Cover.’
2009: Gospel Singer Eugene Smith passed away.
2013: Malcolm Shabazz, aged 28, died from injuries sustained in a fight while in Mexico to advocate for more rights for Mexican workers in the U.S.