November 10: This Day in Black History
Featured: Gerald Levert
1931:Benjamin Thornton received a patent for an Apparatus for Automatically recording Phone messages.
1942:James Hood was born. He was one of the 1st African Americans to enroll at the University of Alabama in 1963. He died this past January, aged 70.
1956:Happy Birthday to actor & comedian Sinbad.
1956:The Dells’ classic ‘Oh What a Nite’ charted on its way to #4 R&B.
1957:Charlie Sifford won the Long Beach Open, becoming the 1st black to win a major professional gold tournament.
1958:LaVern Baker’s ‘I Cried a Tear’ was released.
1958:’Smoke Gets in Your Eyes’ by the Platters and ‘Sixteen Candles’ by the Crests were released.
1958:B.B. King charted with ‘Please Accept My Love’ reaching #9 R&B.
1958:’Try Me’ by James Brown & the Famous Flames hit the R&B charts eventually reaching number 1.
1960:Andrew Hatcher was named associate press secretary to President-elect John F. Kennedy. He was the 1st black to hold this position.
1963:Happy Birthday to Tommy Davidson.
1970:Joseph S. Wiles received a patent for an Injection Pistol.
1986:Samuel Wanjiru was born. He was a Kenyan athlete who specialized in long distance running. He died after a fall in 2011, aged 24.
1990:Singer & actor Ronnie Dyson died of heart failure, aged 40. At age 18, he won the lead role in the Broadway production of “Hair.”
1991:Robert Flack performed at a benefit at Symphony Hall in Boston to help families of ill children at the Cohen Hillel Academy in Marblehead, MA.
1994:Jazz singer, composer, pianist and actress Carmen McRae passed away, aged 74.
1995:Nigerian writer, TV producer and award winning activist was executed by a special military tribunal. He was 54 years old.
1996:Tina Turner was interviewed on 60 Minutes.
1999:The Staple Singers performed at a rainforest benefit at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York.
2002:Johnny Griffith passed away, aged 66. He was a member of the Motown studio bank The Funk Brothers.
2006:Grammy Award winner& R&B Music Hall of Famer Gerald Levert passed away, aged 40.
2006:Benny Andrews passed away, aged 76. He was a painter, print-maker, creator of collages and educator.
2007:Former chairwoman of Chicago State University’s English department, Donda West, passed away. She died of complications from a cosmetic surgical procedure. She was 58.
2011:Winston C. Doby passed away, aged 71. He was the longtime UCLA vice chancellor for students who established groundbreaking programs to broaden opportunities for the educationally disadvantaged.