May 26: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Michael Jackson & Lisa Marie Presley
1857: Dred Scott was emancipated by the Blow family, his original owners.
1883: Vaudeville singer, dancer, pianist and actress Mamie Smith was born. She entered blues history by being the first African American artist to make vocal blues recordings in 1920. (Died: 1946)
1926: Renowned trumpet player, composer, arranger and bandleader Miles Davis was born. He passed away in 1991.
1949: Happy Birthday to actress and author Pam Grier who turns 65 today.
1949: Happy Birthday to actor & singer Philip Michael Thomas who turns 65 today.
1956: Althea Gibson won the French Open Tennis Tournament becoming the 1st African American player to win a major tennis title.
1964: Happy Birthday to singer, songwriter, musician and actor Lenny Kravitz who turns 50 today.
1967: Sgt. Clide Brown Jr. was featured on the cover of Time Magazine with the heading ‘The Negro in Vietnam.’
1968: R&B singer, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Little Willie John passed away.
1968: The Jackson Five signed on to Motown Records.
1973: #1 R&B song – ‘I’m Gonna Love You Just a Little More’ By Barry White.
1977: Billy Powell (O’Jays) passed away.
1990: Michael Jackson received Billboard Magazines’ Music of the ’80s poll awards.
1994: The Stylistics performed at the Apollo Theater Hall of Fame concert.
1994: Michael Jackson & Lisa Marie Presley got married.
2006: Reggae singer Desmond Dekker passed away.
2010: Former NFL player Jarvis Williams passed away.
2012: Jamaican singer Roy Wilson passed away.