November 20: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: LaVern Baker
1866: Howard University was founded and the 1st students entered Howard University in May 1867.
1895: The mother of gospel music Sallie Martin was born. She passed in 1988, aged 93.
1910: The Reverend Dr. Anna Pauline ‘Pauli’ Murray was born. She was the 1st black woman ordained as an Episcopal priest. She passed away in 1985, aged 75.
1923: Inventor Garrett Morgan was granted a patent for the Traffic Signal.
1946: Soul Singer J. Blackfoot was born. He passed away in 2011, aged 65.
1954: Known as “Little Miss Share Cropper,” LaVern Baker (Delores Williams) had her debut disc, “Tweedlee Dee,” released today.
1954: The Drifter’s quintessential R&B version of “White Christmas,” was released, rising to #2 R&B.
1955: Bo Diddley performed on The Ed Sullivan Show, playing “BoDiddley” even though he was scheduled to play “16 Tons.”
1961: Solomon Burke reached #24 pop today with “Just Out of Reach,” which eventually rose to #7 R&B.
1961: The Crystal’s debut single, “There’s No Other,” charted (#20 pop, #5 R&B), becoming the first of their eight hits.
1964: ‘How Sweet It Is’ by Marvin Gaye entered the charts.
1965: ‘I Hear a Symphony’ by the Supremes was #1.
1971: ‘Have You Seen Her’ by the Chi-Lites was the number one song this day.
1976: Happy Birthday to Olympic Gold Medalist Dominique Dawes who turns 37 today.
1984: Michael Jackson is awarded a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame directly in from of Mann’s famous Chinese Theatre, creating the largest-ever crowd for such an unveiling.
1991: Michael Jackson’s Dangerous was released. It was apparently so popular that 30,000 copies of the album, worth more than $400,000, were stolen by shotgun-wielding thugs from a terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.
1993: Anita Baker’s “Witchcraft” duet with Frank Sinatra, from his Duets album, reached its peak at #2 pop in its first week on the charts.
1993: Augusta, GA, honored one of their own when a portion of Ninth Street was officially renamed James Brown Boulevard.
2003: It was revealed that Prince would be an inductee for the19th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
2007: New Orlean’s jazz trumpeter Ernest (“Doc”) Paulin passed away, aged 100.
2008: Abraham Biggs a Florida teen committed suicide by overdosing on large amounts of pills while broadcasting live on the internet via Webcam. He was 19 years old.
2008: Former NFL Green Bay Packers cornerback Bob Jeter passed away aged 71.
2011: University of Louisville football & track star and NFL trailblazer Lenny Lyles passed away, aged 75.
2012: One of Jazz’s leading drummers, Pete La Roca Sims, passed away, aged 74.