October 27: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Jayne Kennedy
1891: Inventor D.B. Downing received a patent for the Street Letter Drop Box.
1923: Ruby Dee turns 89 today. She is an award winning actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist and activist.
1933: Happy Birthday to Pumpsie Green. He turns 80 today. He is a former MLB infielder and the 1st black player to play for the Red Sox.
1941: Ernest Just passed away. He was a pioneering black biologist. He was the 1st recipient of the Spingarn Medal and the founder of Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
1943: Weldon Irvine was born. He was a composer, playwright, poet and pianist. He passed in 2002.
1951: Jayne Kennedy turns 62 today. She is an award-winning actress, beauty pageant titleholder and sportscaster.
1954: Benjamin O. Davis Jr. became the 1st African American general in the United States Air Force.
1956: ‘Ain’t Got No Home’ by Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry was released.
1956: Charles S. Johnson passed away, aged 63. He was the 1st black president of Fisk University and a lifelong civil rights advocate.
1958: ‘Topsey, Part II’ by Cozy Cole was the number one R&B song this day.
1958: The Flamingos’ first single for End Records, “That Love Is You,” was released, but its flip side, “Lovers Never Say Goodbye,” became the classic hit.
1960: Ben E. King began his solo career after leaving the Drifters when he recorded four songs including “Spanish Harlem” and “Stand By Me.”
1960: Tina Turner gave birth to Ronald Renelle Turner, her 2nd child, while touring in Los Angeles.
1962: Dionne Warwick’s debut disc “Don’t Make Me Over,” was released, rising to #5 R&B and #21 pop.
1964: ‘Come See About Me’ by the Supremes was released.
1966: Ike & Tina Turner’s “A Love Like Yours (Don’t Come Knocking Every Day)” charted in England reaching #16.
1973: Gladys Knight & the Pips reached #1 R&B (four weeks) and #1 pop (two weeks) with “Midnight Train To Georgia.”
1992: Bo Diddley sued the estate of his former manager for $75,000 in misappropriated funds.
1994: Musician Robert White of the Funk Brothers passed away, aged 57 of complications from open heart surgery.
1998: Aaron Neville sang “Amazing Grace” at the New Orleans wedding of actor John Goodman.
2007: Freddie Jefferson passed away at age 71. She was the 1st black woman to sit on the editorial board of the Palm Beach Post. Jefferson wrote a column under the name Stebbins Jefferson.
2008: Es’kia Mphahlele passed away, aged 88. He was a South African writer, advocate and activist for human and civil rights.
2009: Olympic Weightlifter Judith Chacon, age 23, died from pregnancy-related complications.
2010: James Wall passed away at age 92. He was a former vaudevillian who played Captain Kangaroo’s neighbor “Mr. Baxter” on the children’s show and was a longtime stage manager for CBS News.
2012: Terry Callier passed away at age 67. He was a Chicago singer and songwriter who in the ‘70s developed a style that combined soul, folk, and jazz sounds.