November 26: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Marshall Taylor, World champion cyclist
1878: Marshall Taylor was born. He was a cyclist who won the world 1 mile track cycling championship in 1899 after setting numerous world records and overcoming racial discrimination. He was the 1st African-American athlete to achieve the level of world champion. He passed in 1932, aged 53.
1883: Abolitionist & women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth passed away, aged 86.
1927: Gwen Gordy Fuqua was born. She was a businesswoman, songwriter & composer. She passed in 1999, aged 71.
1931: Jazz musician Nat Adderley was born. He passed in 2000, aged 68.
1939: Happy Birthday to Tina Turner who turns 74 today. She is a singer, dancer, author, choreographer and actress.
1955: The Turbans appeared on the R&B charts with their rock ‘n’ roll classic “When You Dance,” reaching #3 and #33 pop. The group’s gimmick was to actually wear turbans on-stage.
1958: Pianist, drummer, singer, songwriter & bandleader Tiny Bradshaw died of a stroke, aged 51.
1965: Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, and Otis Spann performed at the Cafe Au Go Go in Greenwich Village, NY.
1966: ‘You Keep Me Hangin’ On’ by the Supremes was the #1 song this day.
1968: 34th Heisman Trophy Award was awarded to O.J.Simpson, Southern Cal (RB)
1969: Happy Birthday to artist Kara Walker who turns 44 today.
1970: Pearl Bailey, Dionne Warwick, and The Supremes appeared on an Andy Williams NBC-TV special.
1970: Brigadier General Benjamin O. Davis, Sr. passed away, aged 93. He was the 1st African American general officer in the US Army.
1982: Miles Davis and Cicely Tyson were married. It was his third marriage.
1982: Rick James, Gladys Knight and Aretha Franklin performed at the Jamaica World Music Festival in Montego bay, Jamaica, before more than 45,000 fans.
1983: Michael Jackson’s single, “Thriller” reached #10 on the British charts a full six months before the record’s release in America.
1985: Happy Birthday to Lil’ Fizz who turns 28 today. He is a rapper, songwriter, actor & record producer.
1985: Vivien Theodore Thomas passed away. He was a cardiac surgery pioneer and the 1st African American to perform heart surgery on a white patient in the U.S.
1990: 1st Billboard Music Awards are held: Janet Jackson & Phil Collins are winners.
1991: ABC-TV aired the Gladys Knight Holiday Family Reunion, which had been taped in September on the campus of UCLA.
1994: James Ingram, Roberta Flack, and Peabo Bryson began the Colors of Christmas tour at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, MI.
1994: R.Kelly’s album 12 Play charted in England, reaching #39. Interestingly, it charted five times in a year before finally reaching #39. All told, it sold more than 300,000 copies. (If at first you don’t succeed. . . .)
2003: Award winning South African filmmaker & actor Lionel Ngakane passed away, aged 83.
2003: Rapper & songwriter Soulja Slim was fatally shot. He was 26 years old.
2006: Early pioneer of rock & roll, H-Bomb Ferguson, passed away. He was 77.
2007: Olympic Medalist & Jamaican track star Herb McKenley passed away, aged 85.
2008: Film & TV actor De’Angelo Wilson committed suicide on this day. He was 29 years old.
2009: Avery Clayton passed away, aged 62. He established a library & museum in Culver City for his mother’s major collection of African American artifacts after she passed away.
2011: Ron Lyle passed away, aged 70. He was a boxer who learned to fight while in prison for murder. In 1975 Lyle fought Muhammad Ali for the heavyweight championship and nearly a year later was the 1st to knock down George Foreman, ultimately losing both bouts.