November 3: This Week in Black History
FEATURED: Mike Evans
1868: John Willis Mernard became the 1st black man elected to Congress.
1883: John B. Taylor, Jr. was born. He was a Track & Field athlete and the 1st African American to win an Olympic Gold medal. He died of typhoid fever in 1908, aged 26.
1896: J.H. Hunter received a patent for the Portable Weighing Scale.
1905: Lois Mailou Jones was born. She was a Harlem Renaissance artist and the only African American female painter of the 30s & 40s to achieved fame abroad. She died in 1998, aged 92.
1915: Hal Jackson was born. He was a DJ and radio personality who broke down color barriers in broadcasting. He passed in 2012, aged 96.
1945: Paul Robeson was presented the Spingarn Medal for his outstanding achievement in the theater, on stage and in the general field of racial welfare.
1948: John Lee Hooker recorded “Boogie Chillen’ ” in Detroit, his first session ever.
1949: Mike Evans was born. He was an actor turned real estate investor. He died of cancer in 2006, aged 57.
1949: Larry Holmes turns 64 today. He is frequently ranked as one of the greatest heavyweights of all time and has been inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame.
1951: Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup charted with “”I’m Gonna Dig Myself a Hole” the last of his six R&B titles.
1955: The Platters’ single “The Great Pretender” was issued.
1956: The Cadillacs’ “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” was released. It began the official holiday season but did not chart until ten days after Christmas.
1962: ‘He’s a Rebel’ by the Crystals was the number one song this day.
1964: John Conyers, Jr. was elected to House of Representatives from Detroit.
1970: 12 Blacks were elected to the Ninety-second Congress, including five new congressmen.
1972: Chris Bender was fatally shot to death on this day. He was an R&B singer who at the age of 16 recorded his first album. He was 19 years old.
1973: Happy Birthday to Sticky Fingaz who turns 40 today. Kirk Jones is an actor, rapper & member of the multi-platinum record selling group Onyx.
1974: Harold Ford was elected congressman from Tennessee.
1976: Dean Dixon passed away. He was the 1st African American to conduct major American Symphony Orchestras & one of the 1st Americans to hold a leading post with European Orchestras. He was 61.
1979: 40 klansmen and American Nazis opened fire on an anti-Klan demonstration in Greensboro, NC. Five people were killed and 10 others wounded.
1981: Thurman L. Milnet was elected mayor of Hartford, CT.
1983: Jesse Jackson announced his candidacy for the Office of President of the United States.
1984: Billy Ocean’s “Caribbean Queen” reached #1 pop on the charts.
1987: Happy Birthday to Colin Kaepernick who turns 26 today. He is an NFL quarterback.
1987: Anthony M. Johnson received a patent for an Integrated Optical Device having Integral Photodetector.
1988: Most legendary singers get a day in their honor, but, Michael Jackson got a month when Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley proclaimed it Michael Jackson Month.
1989: The Coasters, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, the Five Satins, Jay & the Americans, and the Skyliners, among others, performed in a twentieth anniversary Rock ‘n’ Roll revival concert.
1992: Carol Mosley Braun of Illinois became the 1st black woman elected to the U.S. Senate.
2009: Hugh Morgan Hill, aged 88 passed away. He was a storyteller known as Brother Blue who captivated passers-by on the streets of Boston and Cambridge, Mass. with his parables, life stories, and idiosyncratic retellings of Shakespeare’s plays.