May 22: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Johnny Gill
1862: Mary Patterson became the 1st African American in the U.S. to earn a Master’s Degree.
1914: Composer, bandleader, musician, poet & philosopher Sun Ra was born. He passed in 1993.
1939: Film, stage & TV actor Paul Winfield was born. The best (and my favorite) narrator for the A&E true crime series ‘City Confidential’ which he did from 1998 until his death in 2004.
1942: Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Calvin Simons was born. He was a member of the bands Parliament & Funkadelic.
1954: #1 R&B Song-‘Work With Me Annie’- Hank Ballard & the Midnighters.
1966: Bill Cosby received an Emmy Award for Best Actor in a Television Series (I Spy).
1966: Happy Birthday to singer, songwriter and actor Johnny Gill who turns 48 today.
1967: Poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist Langston Hughes passed away at age 65.
1970: Happy Birthday to super model Naomi Campbell who turns 44 today.
1973: Happy Birthday to R&B singer, songwriter & record producer Donell Jones who turns 41 today.
1976: Donna Summer charted with ‘Could It Be Magic’ originally covered by Barry Manilow.
1978: Happy Birthday to actor J.D. Williams who turns 36 today.
1980: Electric Ladyland Studios was robbed of four gold albums, all belonging to Jimi Hendrix.
1993: Salt-N-Pepa performed at a benefit to raise money for AIDS patients called LIFEbeat’s Counteraid.
2002: Barry Bonds hit his 583rd career home run.
2002: A jury in Birmingham convicted former KKK member Bobby Frank Cherry of the 1963 murders of four girls in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church.
2004: Stage & TV actor Richard Biggs passed away at age 44.