November 2: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Mississippi John Hurt
1880: Powell Johnson received a patent for an Eye Protector.
1886: Henry Brown received a patent for a Receptacle for Storing & Preserving Papers.
1902: James L. Wells was born. He was a painter and printmaker with numerous exhibits in galleries and museums worldwide. He passed in 1993, aged 90.
1903: Business and civic leader, Maggie L. Walker, opened the St. Luke Penny Savings Bank in Richmond, VA.
1937: Earl ‘Speedo’ Carroll was born. He was the lead singer of the group The Cadillacs. He passed in 2012, aged 75.
1952: Maxine Nightingale turns 61 today. She is a British R&B, soul and disco singer.
1954: Charles C. Diggs, Jr. of Detroit was elected as Michigan’s 1st Black congressman.
1954: Dr. Theodore K. Lawles was awarded the Spingarn Medal for his research on skin-related diseases.
1956: Police used tear gas to break up a riot that broke out during a Fats Domino concert in Fayetteville, NC. Fats and three of his sidemen suffered minor injuries.
1957: Carter Beauford turns 56 today. He is a drummer, percussionist and founding member of Dave Matthews Band.
1958: Willie McGee turns 55 today. He is a 3-time Gold Glove Award wining MLB player currently serves as Special Asst. to the St. Louis Cardinals G.M.
1966: Mississippi John Hurt passed away at age 73. He was a singer and guitarist. His songs have been covered by Taj Mahal, Jerry Garcia, Bob Dylan, Beck, etc.
1968: “For Once In My Life” by Stevie Wonder was released.
1968: Ultra Naté turns 45 today. She is a singer, songwriter, record producer, promoter and DJ.
1973: CBS aired the Barbra Streisand TV special, featuring special guest Ray Charles.
1974: Stevie Wonder went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘You Haven’t Done Nothin’, the singers 4th US #1. It featured The Jackson Five on backing vocals.
1974: Happy Birthday to Nelly who turns 39 today. He is a rapper, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur & actor.
1976: Seventeen Black congressmen were re-elected.
1983: President Reagan signed a law designating the 3rd Monday in January will be Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
1984: The Rev Marvin Gaye Sr. was sentenced to five years in prison for the manslaughter of his son, Marvin Gaye.
1985: Stevie Wonder went to #1 on the US singles chart with ‘Part-time Lover’, his 9th US #1, a #3 hit in the UK.
1995: Soul Train celebrated its 25th year on the air with guest appearances by Al Green, Diana Ross, Bill Withers, and Patti Labelle.
1999: Anthony Brown received a patent for a Severe Weather Detector & Alarm.
1999: Jackie Davis passed away, aged 78. He was a jazz / soul jazz musician, singer and bandleader.
2003: Fatman Scoop with Crooklyn Clan went to #1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Be Faithful.’ The New York hip-hop producer, club DJ and radio DJ had recorded the track some 5 years earlier.
2007: Julia Agnes Washington Bond passed away at age 99. She was the mother of Julian Bond, former chairman of the NAACP and cofounder of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
2012: Milt Campbell passed away, age 78. He was the 1st black to win the Olympic decathlon, in 1956, who later played pro football and became a motivational speaker.