October 29: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Muhammad Ali
1902: The Dinwiddie Colored Quartet recorded for the first time, consequently becoming the first Black voices on record.
1916: Queen of Boogie, Hadda Brooks, was born. She was a pianist, singer and composer. She passed in 2002, aged 86.
1923: ‘Runnin’ Wild’ opened at the Colonial Theater/Broadway. Miller & Lyles Productions introduced the Charleston to NYC and the World.
1924: Dixie to Broadway, the 1st real revue by Blacks opened at Broadhurst Theater in NYC with Florence Mills in lead role.
1945: Happy Birthday to Melba Moore who turns 68 today. She is a singer, songwriter and actress.
1949: Alonzo G. Moron became the 1st black president of Hampton Institute in the State of Virginia.
1955: The first R&B show held at Carnegie Hall in New York included Etta James & the Peaches, the Five Keys, Gene & Eunice, the Clovers, and Big Joe Turner.
1960: Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) won his 1st professional fight in Louisville, KY.
1961: Randy Jackson turns 52 today. He is a musician, singer, songwriter, dancer and youngest son in the Jackson family.
1969: Jazz musician Pops Foster passed away on this day at age 77.
1969: The Supreme Court ordered the end of segregation ‘at once’ in schools.
1972: Actress Tracee Ellis Ross turns 41 today.
1972: Actress and former model Gabrielle Unions turns 41 today.
1973: Olympic Gold Medal bobsledder Vonetta Flowers turns 40 today.
1974: Muhammad Ali regained the world heavyweight boxing title.
1977: The disco group Chic charted for the first time with “Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)” on their way to #6 R&B and pop.
1979: Michael Jackson’s album Off the Wall reached # 3 and would go on to sell more than 10 million copies around the world.
1982: Andrew Young was elected Mayor of Atlanta, GA.
1983: ‘All Night Long’ by Lionel Richie was the number one R&B song on this day.
1983: Lionel Richie Day was proclaimed by he mayor of Lionel’s hometown, Tuskegee, AL.
1985: Major General Samuel K. Doe was announced the winner of the 1st multi-party election in Liberia.
1990: The inductees for the sixth annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were announced, a list which includes Wilson Pickett, Ike and Tina Turner, The Byrds, The Impressions, LaVern Baker, Jimmy Reed, and John Lee Hooker.
1991: Interstate highway 55 in Jackson, MS, was renamed B.B. King Freeway.
1997: The O’Jays filed a copyright infringement suit for $1.5 million against rapper Master P for his use of their 1978 hit “Brandy” in his “I Miss My Homies.”
1998: Apartheid: In South Africa, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission presents its report, which condemns both sides for committing atrocities.
2008: Mae Mercer passed away, aged 76. She was a North Carolina-born blues singer who spent much of the ’60s performing at a blues bar in Paris and touring Europe before launching an acting career back home in films and TV.
2009: John M. O’Quinn, age 68, died in an auto accident in Houston, Tx. He was a well-known Houston lawyer who won billions in verdicts against makers of breast implants, pharmaceuticals, and tobacco products.