May 12: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Ron Springs
1902: Joe Gains became the 1st Black to win a world boxing crown.
1928: Henry Cosby a songwriter & record producer for Motown was born. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006. (Died: 2002)
1951: Oscar DePriest passed away. He was the 1st African American elected to Congress (20th century).
1955: Sam ‘Toothpick’ Jones became the Black 1st pitcher to toss a no-hitter in major league baseball.
1957: MLB great Sweet Lou Whitaker was born. 5x All-Star, World Series Champion (1984), 3X Golden Glove Award, 4X Silver Slugger Award, 1978 AL Rookie of the year.
1959: Happy Birthday to actor Ving Rhames who turns 55 today.
1963: Happy Birthday to actress Vanessa A. Williams who turns 51 today.
1963: R&B singer Charles Pettigrew was born. He was 1/2 the duo of Charles & Eddie. (Died: 2001)
1968: Jimi Hendrix was arrested for possession of hashish and heroin when he crossed the Canadian border for a concert in Toronto. He claimed the drugs were planted and he was later exonerated.
1969: Happy Birthday to actress, producer, director Kim Fields who turns 45 today.
1970: Ernie Banks (Chicago Cubs) hit his 500th home run.
1976: Gospel singer & composer Sister Wynona Carr passed away.
1982: George Bledsoe (Ink Spots) passed away.
1985: An honorary Doctor of Music degree was given to Lionel Richie from his alma mater Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.
1992: Happy Birthday to actor Malcolm David Kelley who turns 22 today.
2001: Eight of the original ‘Freedom Riders’ reenacted their 1961 bus ride.
2002: At Miami International Airport, Dionne Warwick was arrested when baggage screeners found 11 joints inside her lipstick container.
2005: Poet & Novelist Al Young was named Poet Laureate of California by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
2011: Former Dallas Cowboys running back Ron Springs passed away. He was 54 years old.
2011: Jamaican drummer who helped develop the ska beat (member of The Skatalites) Lloyd Knibb passed away. He was 80 years old.
2013: William Miles, aged 82, passed away. He was a self-taught filmmaker whose documentaries revealed untold stories of Black America and life in Harlem where he grew up.
2013: Pastor Nimrod Q. Reynolds, aged 82, passed away. He was a civil rights leader and pastor of Anniston’s 17th Street Baptist Church for 48 years.