November 16: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Agbani Darego
1873:’The Father of the Blues’ W.C. Handy was born. He was a composer, songwriter, musician, bandleader & author. He passed in 1958, aged 84.
1897:William H. Jackson received a patent for inventing new & useful improvements in Railway-Switches.
1915:Alphonse ‘Bois Sec’ Ardoin was born. He was a Creole accordionist specializing in Cajun music. He passed in 2007, aged 91.
1930: Author & professor Chinua Achebe was born. He passed away this past March, aged 82.
1943:Happy Birthday to Winfred ‘Blue’ Lovett founding member of the Manhattans.
1946:Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra charted with “Hawk’s Boogie,” reaching #3 R&B.
1963: The Coasters recorded “Taint Nothin’ To Me”, their last chart single of the ’60s and the B-side of “Speedo’s Back in Town” featuring Cadillacs’ lead Earl “Speedo” Carroll.
1968:Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland album topped the American charts, becoming his biggest seller of twenty-eight career albums.
1974:’Woman to Woman’ by Shirley Brown was the number one song this day.
1986:Robert Cray won six W.C. Handy Awards at the seventh annual National Blues Awards Show, hosted by B.B. King.
1991:R. Kelly charted with “She’s Got That Vibe,” his debut single, reaching #7 R&B.
1995:Charles Gordone passed away, aged 70. He was a playwright, actor, director, educator and the 1st African American to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
1995:Happy birthday to child prodigy Noah Gray Cabey He is an actor and pianist.
2000:Rapper D.J. Screw died of an accidental drug overdose. He was 29 years old.
2001:Representing Nigeria, Agbani Darego was crowned Miss World and the 1st black African to win the title.
2011:Stanley Robertson passed away, aged 85. He was a pioneering black network TV program executive who broke color barriers at NBC in the ‘60s and ‘70s and later was a movie studio production executive.