November 8: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Heavy D
1898: In 2 days of racial violence, a mob of whites, led by some of Wilmington’s most respected and influential citizens, destroyed the state’s only daily African American newspaper.
1920: Ester Rolle was born. She was an Emmy Award winning actress, singer, and dancer. She passed in 1998, aged 78.
1932: The Spingarn Medal was awarded to Robert R. Moton, president of Tuskegee Institute, for his “thoughtful leadership in conservative opinion and action.”
1938: Crystal Bird Fauset became the 1st black woman legislator of Philadelphia elected to PA legislature.
1947: Singer, Songwriter Minnie Riperton was born. She died of breast cancer in 1979, aged 31.
1952: B.B. King and his legendary guitar, Lucille, had their second #1 R&B in a row with “Darling, You Know I Love You,” also his second chart single.
1952: Happy Birthday to Alfre Woodard who turns 61 today. She is an actress, producer and the recipient of numerous awards.
1966: John H. Johnson, publisher of Ebony and Jet magazines, awarded Spingarn Medal “for his productive imagination…in the perilous field of publishing” and “for his contributions to the enhancement of the Negro’s self-image through his publications.”
1966: Edward Brooke became the 1st African American U.S. senator since reconstruction.
1966: Jazz trumpeter Harold ‘Shorty’ Baker passed away at age 52.
1969: The Supremes’ swan song as an entity including Diana Ross, “Someday, We’ll Be Together” was the last of the group’s twelve #1s.
1970: The Four Tops performed on The Ed Sullivan Show on CBS-TV.
1970: Diana King turns 43 today. She is a Reggae fusion singer & songwriter.
1974: Ivory Joe Hunter passed away, aged 60. He was an R&B, blues, country singer, songwriter & pianist.
1991: Barry White was a guest on The Arsenio Hall Show.
1975: ‘Low Rider’ by War was the #1 song this day.
1978: Rapper Jamal Barrow aka Shyne turns 35 today.
1984: Singer, songwriter and Broadway actress Tasha Thomas died of cancer at age 33.
1988: The 1st African American Dr. Lenora Fulani officially qualified to run for President of the United States.
1997: The O’Jays’ “Baby You Know” charted.
1999: Songwriter & composer Gwen Gordy Fuqua, who had convinced her family to stake brother Berry Gordy Jr. the $800 he needed to start Motown Records, passed away. She was 71.
1999: Lester Bowie passed away, aged 58. He was a jazz trumpeter, composer &co-founder of the Art Ensemble of Chicago.
2006: Massachusetts elected the 1st black person (Deval Patrick) to win the state’s highest office in its 218-year history.
2006: America elected the nation’s 1st Muslim member of Congress, Keith Ellison.
2008: Cleve Duncan passed away, aged 78. He was the lead singer for the Penguins whose tenor voice helped to propel the 1954 doo-wop ballad “Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)” to rock ’n’ roll immortality.
2008: Virgil Starks died of a heart attack, aged 46. He was Auburn University’s associate athletic director and played a big role in helping Auburn student athletes to get their degrees and cared for Auburn athletes as if they were his own children.
2010: Quintin Dailey, aged 49, died of hypertensive cardiovascular disease. He was a former All-American basketball player who also played 10 seasons in the NBA and made the 1982-83 All-Rookie teams.
2011: Heavy D (Dwight Arrington Myers) passed away at age 44. He was the self-proclaimed “overweight lover” of hip-hop who became one of rap’s top hit-makers with wit, humor, and a positive vibe. His death was due to a pulmonary embolism caused by deep leg vein thrombosis.
2011: Jimmy Norman passed away, aged 74. He was a rhythm-and-blues singer and songwriter who worked with Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix early in their careers.
2012: Lt. Col. Herbert Eugene Carter passed away, aged 95. He was one of the original Tuskegee Airmen who broke color barriers in World War II as the 1st black aviators in the US military.