November 28: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Ernie Davis
1913:Heavyweight boxer Jack Johnson KOed Andre Spaul in Paris.
1928:Singer R.B. Greaves was born. His hit ‘Take a Letter Maria’ sold 2.5 million and was certified Gold. He passed in 2012, aged 68.
1929:Happy Birthday to Berry Gordy, Jr.
1952:Happy Birthday to award winning actress S. Epatha Merkerson who turns 61 today.
1953:’Money Honey’ by the Drifters was the #1 R&B song this day.
1954:Cleveland Browns’ Horace Gillom set a club record with an 80-yard punt.
1960:’Hoochie Coochie Coo’ by Hank Ballard & the Midnighters was released.
1960:Author, poet and novelist Richard Wright died from a heart attached. He was 52.
1961:Ernest Davis became the 1st black to win the Heisman Trophy.
1965:The Browns’ Leroy Kelly set a club record for most punt return yards (109).
1965:Happy Birthday to singer Dawn Robinson
1971:Blues singer & harmonica player Papa George Lightfoot died of respiratory failure. He was 47.
1972:Happy Birthday to actor & comedian Michael Blackson
1974:Happy Birthday to rapper Styles P
1978:44th Heisman Trophy is awarded to Billy Sims, Oklahoma (RB).
1979:Happy Birthday to rapper & entrepreneur Chamillionaire
1984:Prince’s “I Would Die 4 U” became the fourth single from the album “Purple Rain.”
1984:Happy Birthday to singer, songwriter & actor Trey Songz
1989:Prince’s song “Scandalous,” from the Batman Soundtrack, was released.
1989:Rickey Henderson signed a record $3,000,000 per year contract with the Oakland A’s.
1992:Happy Birthday to actress Kianna Underwood
1992:’I Will Always Love You’ by Whitney Houston reached #1 R&B (11 weeks) and #1 Pop (14 weeks).
2012:Gloria Davy passed away, aged 81. She was a Brooklyn-born soprano and the 1st black to sing Aïda with the Metropolitan Opera.
2012:Jakes Gerwel passed away, aged 66. He was a longtime friend and trusted aide to former President Nelson Mandela who advocated for the end of apartheid in South Africa.