May 18: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Reggie Jackson
1652: Rhode Island passed the first law in English-speaking North America making slavery illegal.
1848: William Alexander Leidesdorff, one of the earliest black settlers in California and often called the first black millionaire, passed away.
1896: The United States Supreme Court rules in Plessy v. Ferguson that the “separate but equal” doctrine is constitutional.
1911: Blues singer, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Big Joe Turner was born. His career spanned over six decades. He passed away in 1985.
1912: S. African activist & politician Walter Sisulu born. He passed away in 2003.
1923: Hugh Shearer former P.M. of Jamaica was born. He passed away in 2004.
1946: Happy Birthday to baseball legend & Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson who turns 68 today.
1948: Happy Birthday to Butch Tavares who turns 68 today. He is a R&B singer & member of the musical family The Tavares Brothers.
1950: Rod Milburn was born. He was one of track and field’s greatest high hurdlers and a gold medalist. He passed away in 1997.
1955: Educator & civil rights leader Mary McCloud Bethune passed away.
1959: #1 Song – ‘Kansas City’ by Wilbert Harrison.
1959: ‘Along Came Jones’ by the Coasters charted.
1960: Happy Birthday to retired tennis champ & singer Yannick Noah who turns 54 today.
1963: Running back Ernie Davis passed away (leukemia). He was the 1st African American athlete to win the Heisman Trophy.
1967: Happy Birthday to Hip hop artist Rob Base who turns 47 today.
1985: ‘Smooth Operator’ by Sade charted at #5 on both R&B & Pop Charts.
2004: Jazz drummer & bandleader Elvin Jones passed away.
2009: Rapper & model Dolla was fatally shot to death. He was 21.