November 4: This Week in Black History
FEATURED: President Obama & First Lady Michelle
1750: The birth of Jean-Baptist-Point Du Sable, pioneer, trader and founder of the city of Chicago is celebrated.
1872: P.B.S. Pinchback was lected congressman at lark.
1879: T. ELkins patents the refrigerating apparatus.
1882: Bob Douglas was born. He was the founder of the NY Renaissance B-ball team, Nicked named the Father of Black Professional Basketball. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor in 1972, the first African American enshrined. He passed in 1979, aged 96.
1889: Alton Admas was born. He was the 1st black bandmaster in the U.S. Navy. He passed in 1987, aged 98.
1907: Bennie Benjamin was born. He was a songwriter and a Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee. He passed in 1989, aged 81.
1920: Eileen Southern was born. She was a teacher, author & musician. She was the 1st black woman to be appointed a tenured full professor at Harvard University. She passed in 2002, aged 82.
1930: William N. Cobbs received a patent for a Locomotive Headlight.
1938: Harry Elston turns 75 today. He is a singer and the founding member of Friends of Distinction.
1948: The Ravens’ recording of “White Christmas” was issued.
1953: Hulan Jack was elected the 1st black Borough president of Manhattan, NY.
1957: Jackie Wilson’s “Reet Petite,” his 1st single under his own name peaked at #62 in the U.S. while having a much bigger impact as #6 in England.
1958: World renowed opera singer, Shirley Verrett, made her debut in NYC.
1964: Martha & the Vandellas visited Britain and performed on the popular TV show Top of the Pops.
1967: The Supremes’ “In And Out of Love” was released.
1969: Sean Combs turns 44 today. He is a record producer, entrepreneur and actor.
1969: Lonnie G. Neal received a patent for an Electromagnetic Gyroscope Float Assembly.
1969: Ivory Deek Watson passed away, aged 60. He was an original member of the Ink Spots.
1972: ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ by Johnny Nash was the number one song this day.
1981: Zena Garrison became the 1st African American player to win the junior singles tennis championship at Wimbledon.
1987: Bo Diddley and Ron Wood (of the Rolling Stones) performing as the Gunslingers, began a North American tour in Columbus, OH, at the Newport Music Hall.
1988: The M.L.K., Jr. federal Bldg. was dedicated in Atlanta. It was the 1st building in the nation to bear the name of the slain civil rights leader.
1988: Bill & Camille Cosby gave an unprecedented gift of $20 million to Spelman College in Atlanta.
1990: Tina Turner’s Foreign Affair Tour ended in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. By the time it was over, more than three million people had seen Tina strut her stuff.
1991: Ben E. King, the Four Tops, the Stylistics, Jimmy Ruffin, Edwin Starr, and Junior Walker & the All-Stars performed in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, England.
1996: A news report stated that Michael Jackson’s girlfriend, Debbie Rowe, was pregnant by artificial insemination and was allegedly to receive $528,000 to have the baby. Jackson later confirmed the news by announcing how thrilled he was that he was soon to be a father.
1997: Chuck E. Burris became the 1st Black mayor of Stone Mountain, GA, the birthplace of the Ku Klux Klan.
1999: Daisy Bates passed away, aged 84. She was a civil rights activist, publisher and writer who played a major role in the Little Rock Integration Crisis of ’57.
1999: Malcolm Marshall passed, aged 41 of cancer. He was regarded as one of the finest & fastest pacemen ever to have played Test cricket.
2004: Fanyana Dube passed away, aged 56. He was a renowned saxophone player, composer, songwriter, singer.
2008: Jheryl Busby passed away, aged 59. He was the former president and chief executive of Motown Records who helped to foster the careers of Boyz II Men, Johnny Gill, and Queen Latifah.
2008: Barack Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected President of the United States.
2012: Ted Curson passed away, aged 77. He was a trumpeter who moved between soulful postbop and volatile free jazz, both as a leader and as a sideman.