November 21: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Hadda Brooks
1904: Jazz musician Coleman Hawkins was born. He passed away in 1969, aged 64.
1918: Henry B. Delany was elected suffragan bishop of the Protestant Episcopal diocese of North Carolina.
1933: S.H. Love awarded a patent for improvements on vending machines.
1936: James DePreist was born. He was one of the 1st African American conductors on the world stage. He passed away this past February, aged 76.
1941: Happy Birthday to songwriter, singer, arranger, record producer David Porter who turns 72 today. He was the songwriting & production partner of Isaac Hayes at Stax Records in the 60s.
1942: The King Cole Trio debuted on the R&B charts with “That Ain’t Right,” which soared to #1.
1948: Actor Irving Allen Lee was born. He died in 1992 from an AIDS related illness. He was 43.
1953: Clyde McPhatter & the Drifters reached #1 R&B with “Money Honey” and stayed there for an amazing eleven weeks.
1960: ‘Stay’ by Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs was the number one song this day.
1961: The Impressions performed their hit “Gypsy Woman” on American Bandstand.
1965: Reggie Lewis was born. He played for the NBA’s Boston Celtics. He suffered sudden cardiac death on the court during an off-season practice. He was 27 years old.
1969: Happy Birthday to Ken Griffey, Jr. who turns 44 today. He is a MLB Hall of Famer.
1971: Happy Birthday to Michael Strahan who turns 41 today. HE is currently co-host of the talk show Live! with Kelly & Michael.
1975: Happy Birthday to Cherie Johnson who turns 38 today. She is an actress, writer and film producer.
1984: Benji Wilson was fatally shot just prior to basketball season during his senior year. He was just 17.ESPN premiered a documentary on hi titled Benji in 2012.
1990: En Vogue performed at the Summit in Houston while touring as a supporting act for MC Hammer.
1991: Jimi Hendrix received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2002: Delta Blues pianist, singer and composer Hadda Brooks passed away, aged 86.
2006: Robert Lockwood, Jr. passed away, aged 91.
2007: Frances L. Murphy passed away, aged 85. She was publisher of the longest-running black family-owned newspaper in the US. Her grandfather founded the Afro-American in 1892.
2010: Margaret Burroughs passed away, aged 93. She was the founder in 1961 of the DuSable Museum of African-American History in Chicago, one of the oldest black history museums in the country.