November 9: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Merlin Santana
1731: Benjamin Banneker was born. He was a scientist, surveyor, farmer & author of the almanac. He passed in 1806, aged 74.
1868: The Medical School at Howard University opened with 8 students.
1901: The Guardian Newspaper was founded by William Monroe Trotter in Boston, MA.
1913: Ted Rhodes was born. He was the 1st African American Pro Golfer and Golf Hall of Famer. He passed away in 1969, aged 55.
1922: Dorothy Dandridge was born. She was an actress and singer, and was the 1st African-American to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. She died in 1965, aged 42.
1923: Alice Coachman turns 90 today. She specialized in high jump and was the 1st black woman to win an Olympic Gold medal.
1935: Bob Gibson turns 78 today. He is a retired MLB player who played 17 seasons and a Baseball Hall of Fame inductee.
1952: The Caravans Black Gospel singing group was founded.
1953: Rhetta Hughes turns 60 today. She is a singer and actress of film and Broadway.
1959: Happy Birthday to Grammy Award winning artist Donnie McClurkin, Jr. who turns 54 today.
1959: Johnny Mathis charted with one of the greatest recordings of the fifties, “Misty,” reaching #10 R&B and #12 pop.
1962: Happy Birthday to the master of Remix Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley who turns 51 today.
1963: “its All Right” by the Impressions was the #1 song this day.
1963: The Shirelles began their first British tour at the Regal Cinema in Edmonton, London, along with Little Richard and Duane Eddy.
1964: Roger Arliner Young passed away. She was the 1st African American woman to receive a doctorate in zoology.
1965: Wilson Pickett made his performance debut in London at the Scotch Saint James Club backed by members of the Animals.
1968: Eivets Rednow peaked at #66 pop with the title song from the film Alfie. After sixteen pop hits in a row it seems that Eivets wanted to test his audience’s loyalty to his sound, if not to his name. Eivets Rednow is Stevie Wonder spelled backwards.
1978: SisQo turns 35 today. He is a singer, songwriter, dancer and actor.
1985: The Winans gospel group crossed over to secular music with the chart debut of “Let My People Go” (#42 R&B).
1996: En Vogue charted en route to #1 R&B (#2 pop) with “Don’t Let Go (Love)” from the film Set It Off, starring Queen Latifah.
2002: Actor and rapper Merlin Santana was fatally shot on this day, aged 26.
2003: Protesters gathered to demonstrate outside an Urban Outfitters store in Philly for selling the game Ghettopoly.
2003: For the 1st time in the 50 yr. history of the Billboard music charts, all top 10 songs were by black artists in the U.S.
2006: Ed Bradley passed away. He was one of the 1st nationally known African American TV Reports, broadcast journalist and Co-Hosts of 60 Minutes, weekly news magazine program.
2008: Miriam Makeba passed away, aged 76. She was a South African singer banned from her own country for 30 years under apartheid. She was also the first African woman to win a Grammy. After 30 years abroad, Makeba was invited back to South Africa by Mandela.
2012: Major Harris passed away at age 65. He was a former member of the “Philadelphia sound” soul group the Delfonics and singer of the 1975 hit “Love Won’t Let Me Wait.”