November 25: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Whitney Houston Film Debut: The Bodyguard
1903: DeHart Hubbard was born. He was a Track & Field athlete & the 1st African American to win an Olympic gold medal in an individual event. He passed in 1976.
1941: Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and award winning singer Percy Sledge turns 72 today.
1949: Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson passed away, aged 71. He was a tap dancer and actor of stage & film.
1953: The Flamingos signed with Associated Booking Agency and began touring with Duke Ellington.
1954: The Moonglows appeared at East Chicago’s Masonic Temple.
1955: In the U.S., the Interstate Commerce Commission banned racial segregation on interstate trains and buses.
1957: ‘You Send Me’ by Sam Cooke was the #1 song this day.
1960: Ike Turner, the Clovers, Larry Williams, Sugar Pie DeSanto, and Bill Black’s Combo appeared at Chicago’s Regal Theater for the Thanksgiving holidays.
1965: Happy Birthday to NFL Hall of Famer Cris Carter who turns 48 today.
1966: Happy Birthday to singer Stacy Lattisaw who turns 47 today.
1966: The Jimi Hendrix Experience made its London performance debut at the Bag O’ Nails Club.
1968: The Fifth Dimension performed on the TV special Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing.
1968: Happy Birthday to rapper, musician & record producer Erick Sermon. He turns 46 today.
1968: Saxophonist Albert Ayler was found drowned in New York’s Hudson River. He was 34 years old.
1969: Happy Birthday to former Mr. Olympia (pro bodybuilder) Dexter ‘The Blade’ Jackson who turns 44 today.
1976: Muddy Waters performed at the Band’s farewell concert, the Last Waltz, in San Francisco.
1976: O.J. Simpson (Buffalo Bills) ran for 273 yards against the Detroit Lions.
1977: Thomas Hearns KOed Jerome Hill in 2 rounds in his 1st pro fight
1983: Larry Holmes TKOed Marvis Frazier in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
1985: Bobby Brown announced that he was leaving New Edition for a solo career. 1990: Gladys Knight & the Pips reunited for the Motown 30: What’s Goin’ On! CBS-TV special. Also performing were Patti LaBelle and Stevie Wonder.
1990: Ryeisha Berrain aka Rye Rye turns 23 today. She is a rapper, dancer and actress.
1992: Whitney Houston’s film debut ‘The Bodyguard’ opened nationally. The film which co-starred Kevin Costner, was written 20 years earlier and was originally cast with Diana Ross & Ryan O’Neal.
1997: The sixth album of 2Pac, “R U Still Down? (Remember Me),” was released posthumously.
1998: Flip Wilson passed away, aged 64. He was a comedian , actor, Golden Globe & 2-time Emmy Award winner. Time magazine name him as ‘TV’s 1st Black Superstar.’
2008: Ethel Bradley passed away, aged 89. She was an activist and the widow of Ed Bradley.
2012: Earl ‘Speedo’ Carroll passed away, aged 75. He was the lead singer of the ‘50s doo-wop group the Cadillacs, among the first to incorporate choreographed dance moves into their performances.