May 23: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Hal Jackson
1900: Civil War hero Sgt. William H. Carney became the 1st African American to receive the Medal of Honor (37 yrs. after the Battle of Fort Wagner).
1910: Actor, singer, dancer & musician Scatman Crothers was born. He passed away in 1986.
1921: ‘Shuffle Along’ became the 1st African American Broadway musical by Eubie Black & Noble Sissle.
1941: R&B singer, songwriter & record producer General Johnson was born. He was also the frontman of Chairmen of the Board. (Died: 2010)
1954: Happy Birthday to retired boxing great Marvin Hagler who turns 60 today.
1960: ‘Mack the Knife’ by Ella Fitgerald charted.
1964: #1 Song – ‘My Guy’ by Mary Wells.
1964: Millie Small charted with her soon-to-be hit ‘My Boy Lollipop.’
1972: Happy Birthday to R&B singer, songwriter Lorenzo Smith who turns 42 today.
1973: Happy Birthday to singer, songwriter & producer Maxwell who turns 41 today.
1975: Comedienne Moms Mabley passed away at age 81.
1994: Professional wrestler Ray Candy passed away. He was 42.
1995: Donna Summer performed in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
2005: Rapper Fat Tone was fatally shot at age 24.
2010: Jamaican police began a manhunt for drug lord Christopher “Dudus” Coke, after the U.S. requested his extradition, leading to three days of violence during which at least 73 bystanders were killed. He is currently serving 23 years in prison.
2012: Hal Jackson, a D-jay, sports announcer and radio personality who broke a number of color barriers in American radio broadcasting passed away at age 96.