November 15: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Stokely Carmichael
1881:Payton Johnson received a patent for a Swinging Chair.
1898:Lyda Newman of NYC patented a new & improved hairbrush with synthetic bristles and ventilation.
1898:John W. Outlaw received a patent for improvements to the Horseshoe.
1929:Gospel and R&B singer Joe Hinton was born. He passed away of skin cancer in 1968, aged 38.
1930:Actor Whitman Mayo was born. He passed away in 2001, aged 70.
1932:Singer, songwriter & founder of The Drifters Clyde McPhatter was born. He died in his sleep in 1972, aged 39.
1933:Actress & 3-time Obie Award winner, Gloria Foster, was born. She passed in 2001, aged 67.
1935:Blues historian, archivist and record producer Pete Welding was born. He passed in 1995, aged 60.
1937:R&B singer & songwriter Little Willie John was born. He died of a heart attack in 1968, aged 30.
1939:Actor of film & television Yaphet Kotto turns 74 today.
1939:Actor Thalmus Rasulala was born. He died in 1991 of a heart attack. He was 51.
1941:Singer Frankie Gaye was born. He was Marvin’s little brother & his recollections of the Vietnam War inspired Marvin to write ‘What’s Happening Brother’. He passed in 2001, aged 60.
1950:Arthur Dorrington signed with the Atlantic City Seagulls of the Eastern Amateur League. He was the 1st black to play organized hockey.
1952:’You Know I Love You’ by B.B. King & His Orchestra was the number one R&B song this day.
1954:Tony Thompson was born. He was a drummer and member of Power Station & Chic. He died of kidney cancer in 2003, aged 48.
1968:Russell Jones aka Ol’ Dirty Bastard or ODB was born. He died in 2006 of an accidental drug overdose, aged 35.
1969:The Jackson 5 debut disc, “I Want You Back,” charted en route to #1. It was their first of thirty-one Top 100 hits over twenty years.
1975:Jackie Wilson, who in 1951 started his chart career with a group (the Dominoes), ended it with a group after a seventeen-year Hall of Fame career as a solo artist.
1975:Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes charted with “Wake Up Everybody,” reaching #1 R&B and #12 pop.
1979:The Spingarn Medal was awarded to Ms. Rosa Parks.
1979:The Nobel Prize in economics was awarded to Professor Arthur Lewis of Princeton. He was the 1st black cited in a category other than peace.
1988:Happy Birthday to rapper, singer, songwriter B.o.B. who turns 25 today.
1989:James Ingram and Patti LaBelle began a five-month U.S. tour at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis.
1990:Stevie Wonder received the Honorary Global Founders “Don’t Drive Drunk” Award from the Recording Artists Against Drunk Driving.
1991:Diana Ross performed at London’s Wembley Arena.
1994:Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder sang “For Once In My Life” with Frank Sinatra on his Duets II album, released today.
1998:Stokely Carmichael passed away, aged 57 from prostate cancer. In 2002, scholar Molefi Kete Asante listed Carmichael as one of his 100 Greatest African Americans.
2003:Ray Lewis passed away, aged 93. He was the 1st Canadian-born black Olympic medalist.
2007:Rev. John H. Cross Jr. passed away, aged 82. He was the pastor who dug through the rubble of his Alabama church looking for survivors of a bombing, then presided over a funeral for four little black girls who were some of the youngest victims of civil rights-era violence.