October 30: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Jam Master Jay
1831: Nat Turner, the leader of a slave revolt, was captured on this day.
1916: Baseball Hall of Famer Leon Day was born. He passed away in 1995, aged 78.
1930: Clifford Brown aka Brownie was born. He was a jazz trumpeter. He died in an auto accident at age 25.
1936: Merri Dee turns 77 today. She is a philanthropist and former TV journalist.
1939: Eddie Holland turns 74 today. He was 1/3 of the amazing songwriting & production team Holland-Dozier-Holland.
1941: Otis Williams turns 72 today. He is a singer, songwriter, producer and a founding member of The Temptations.
1945: Jackie Robinson of the Kansas City Monarchs signed a contract for the Brooklyn Dodgers to break the baseball color barrier.
1952: The 5 Royales recorded their biggest hit, “Baby, Don’t Do It” this day.
1954: The Midnighters’ “Annie’s Aunt Fannie” and the Rivileers’ “Eternal Love” were released.
1954: The Defence Department announced the elimination of all segregated regiments in the armed forces.
1963: Happy Birthday to Michael Beach who turns 50 today. He is an actor of film and television.
1965: Charnelle Brown turns 53 today. She is an actress, producer and singer.
1965: ‘Rescue Me’ by Fontella Bass was the number one song on this day.
1966: Huey Newton & Bobby Seale, students at a California college create the Black Panther Party for Self Defence.
1970: Nia Long turns 43 today. She is an award-winning actress of film and television.
1971: Michael Jackson charted with his solo hit, “Got To Be here,” reaching #4 on both the R&B and pop hit lists.
1971: “You Are Everything” by the Stylistics hit the R&B charts
1974: The Rumble in the Jungle boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman took place in Kinshasa, Zaire.
1976: Rev. Joseph H. Evans was elected president of the United Church of Christ.
1979: Richard Arrington was elected as the 1st black mayor of Birmingham, AL.
1985: Eva Marcille turns 29 today. She is an actress, TV host and fashion model.
1991: BET Holdings, Inc. was listed on the New York Stock Exchange, the 1st Black company listed on Wall Streets ‘Big Board’.
1992: Tequan Richmond is 21 today. He is an actor and musician.
1994: Little Richard performed at Washington, DC’s Ford Theater at the Gala for the President with a beaming President Clinton looking on.
1998: The Vocal Group Hall of Fame and Museum in Sharon, PA, held its inaugural induction. Among the 14 groups enshrined were the Platters, the Drifters (with Clyde McPhatter), the Supremes, the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi, the Ravens, the Mills Brothers, the Golden Gate Quartet, and Sonny Til & the Orioles.
2002: Jam Master Jay from Run-DMC was murdered by an assassin’s single bullet at his recording studio in Queens, New York.
2006: Mose Tolliver passed away at age 82. He was a folk artist and his work has been exhibited in the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC, and at the Philadelphia College of Art, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
2011: George Roundtree passed away at age 61. He was a key behind-the-scenes associate of the Four Tops who worked as the Motown quartet’s musical director for more than 30 years and played keyboard.