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. who turns 84 today.
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 who turns 48 today.
1971: Blues singer & harmonica player Papa George Lightfoot died of respiratory failure. He was 47.
1972: Happy Birthday to actor & comedian Michael Blackson who turns 41 today.
1974: Happy Birthday to rapper Styles P who turns 39 today.
1978: 44th Heisman Trophy is awarded to Billy Sims, Oklahoma (RB).
1979: Happy Birthday to rapper & entrepreneur Chamillionaire who turns 34 today.
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 who turns 29 today.
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 who turns 21 today.
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.