October 28: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Michael Jackson
1892: Dink Johnson was born. He was a dixieland jazz pianist, clarinetist and drummer. He passed in 1954.
1914: Omega Psi Phi Fraternity was founded at Howard University.
1918: Edward Bouchet passed away. He was the 1st black to earn a Ph.D.from a U.S. University and the 1st to graduate from Yale University in 1874.
1927: Dame Cleo Laine turns 86 today. She is the only female performer to have received Grammy nominations in the jazz, popular and classical music categories.
1937: Lenny Wilkens turns 76 today. He is a retired NBA player and coach and a 3-time inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
1948: In St. Louis, MO, Chuck Berry married his first and only wife, Themetta “Toddy” Suggs.
1948: Telma Hopkins is 65 today. She is an actress and singer. She is currently on the sitcom Are We There Yet? as Marilyn Persons.
1949: Actress Tracy Reed turns 64 today. She was a regular cast member on ‘Love American Style’ back in the 70s.
1965: The studio recording of “My World Is Empty Without You” was made by the Supremes.
1965: Jazz and R&B saxophonist Earl Bostic passed away at age 53 of a heart attack.
1967: Diana Ross and the Supremes’ LP Greatest Hits hits #1
1969: Happy Birthday to Ben Harper who turns 44 today. He is a 2-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter & multi-instrumentalist.
1972: Diana Ross became the proud parent of her second daughter, Tracee, her first from husband Robert Ellis Silberstein.
1972: ‘I’ll Be Around’ by the Spinners was the number one R&B song this day.
1978: ‘Le Freak’ by Chic charted on its way to #1 Pop for 5 weeks and #1 R&B for 6 weeks.
1978: Justin Guarini turns 35 today. He is a singer, songwriter & actor. He was the runner-up on the 1st American Idol.
1978: ‘MacArthur Park’ by Donna Summer reached #5 in Britain. It would also chart at #1 Pop and #8 R&B in the U.S.
1979: Natina Reed was born. She was a rapper, singer, songwriter & beatboxer. She was struck and killed by a car in 2012. She was 32.
1981: Edward M. McIntyre was elected as the 1st Black mayor of Augusta, GA.
1987: Happy Birthday to Frank Ocean who turns 26 today. He is a singer, songwriter and rapper.
1989: The Gap Band charted with ‘All of My Love’ eventually reaching #1 R&B.
1993: George Benson & Patti Austin performed at London’s Wembley Arena kicking off a five-date British Tour.
1994: Seal performed as the opening act for the Rolling Stones at the Oakland-Alameda County Stadium in Oakland, CA.
1999: Terrell Davis (Denver Broncos) made his debut as a hip-hop artist when he performed with rapper Legit.
2003: Oliver Sain passed away, aged 71. He was a saxophonist, songwriter, bandleader, record producer and drummer.
2003: Supermodel Iman and husband David Bowie signed up as the new spokesmodels for Tommy Hilfiger.
2008: Rosa Broadous passed away at age 89. She was a community leader, matriarch both of a prominent San Fernando Valley family with 10 children and of the Baptist church she cofounded with her husband, Rev. Hillery T. Broadous, in 1955.
2010: Michael Jackson’s “THIS IS IT” opened in theaters.