November 11: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Mary Wells
1831: Nat Turner was executed this day for leading a slave rebellion in Virginia. He was 31 years old.
1890: D. McCree received a patent for the Portable Fire Escape.
1914: Daisy Bates was born. She was a civil rights activist, publisher, journalist, and lecturer who played a leading role in the Little Rock Integration Crisis of 1957. She passed in 1999, aged 84.
1918: Armistice signed, ending World War I. Official records listed 370,000 Black soldiers and 1400 Black commissioned officers served in the European Theatre.
1920: Blues singer Annisteen Allen was born. She passed in 1992, aged 71.
1925: Louis Armstrong recorded the first of Hot Five & Hot Seven recordings that influenced the direction of Jazz.
1929: R&B singer Lavern Baker was born. She passed away in 1997, aged 67.
1936: Blues singer Buddy Ace was born. The ‘Silver Fox of the Blues’ passed away in 1994, aged 58. He had a heart attack while performing in Waco, TX.
1960: Peter Parros turns 53 today. He is a screenwriter and actor of stage, film & television.
1960: Savannah Churchill, Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Willie John, the Sheppards, and the Upsetters played the Regal Theater in Chicago.
1967: Wilson Pickett’s version of ‘Stagger Lee’ charted on its way to #13 R&B.
1975: Floyd Allen received a patent for a Low Cost Telemeter for Monitoring a Battery & DC Voltage Converter Power Supply.
1978: ‘I’m Every Woman’ by Chaka Khan was the number one song this day.
1978: ‘MacArthur Park’ by Donna Summer climbed to #1 and stayed there for three weeks.
1978: ‘Fire’ by the Pointer Sisters charted reaching #2 pop & #14 R&B.
1979: The Bethune Museum & Archives, a depository and center for African American women’s history was established in Washington, DC.
1984: Minister and civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Sr. passed away at age 84.
1989: The Civil Rights Memorial was dedicated in Montgomery, Alabama.
1991: Aretha Franklin was a guest on ‘Murphy Brown’ playing herself opposite a worshiping (and out-of-tune) Candice Bergen. The show closed with ‘You Make Me Feel like a Natural Woman’ was the highlight of the Season.
1991: A benefit for former Motown Star and cancer patient Mary Wells was held. Isaac Hayes, Natalie Cole, Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick and others performed. Ms. Wells would die within 9 months at age 49.
2007: Charlie Brady “C.B.” Hauser passed away, aged 90. He was a former NC state legislator and college professor who described himself as the “second strike” against segregated travel for refusing to move to the back of a bus in 1947.