October 15: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Nellie Lutcher
1885: Morris Brown College opened its doors on this day to 107 students and nine teachers.
1906: Singer & pianist Victoria Spivey, one of he great ’20s blues interpreters, was born today. Best known for her “Black Snake Blues” in 1926, Victoria performed up until her death in 1976.
1912: Nellie Lutcher was born. She was an R&B / Jazz singer and pianist. She passed away in 2007, aged 95.
1917: The 1st black enlistees from West Point graduated from military duty at Fort Des Moines, Iowa.
1925: Mickey Baker was born. He was an R&B, Jazz and Rock & Roll guitarist. He passed in 2012, aged 87.
1931: Freddy Cole turns 82 today. He is a jazz singer & pianist whose career has spanned over 50 years.
1938: Marv Johnson was born. He was a R&B / soul singer and performed on the 1st record to be issued from what became Motown. He passed in 1993, aged 54.
1953: Tito Jackson turns 60 today. He is a musician, singer & songwriter and original member of the Jackson 5.
1954: The Five Keys began a week of performances at the Apollo Theater. They were followed by the Clovers.
1955: Johnny “Guitar” Watson made his R&B cart debut with “Those Lonely, Lonely Nights,” reaching #10.
1958: Renee Jones turns 55 today. She is an actress and played Lexie Carver on Days of Our Lives for many years.
1964: Track & Field athlete Bob Hayes tied the Olympic record for the 100-metre dash winning the Gold Medal at the Tokyo Games.
1966: Eric Benét turns 47 today. He is an R&B / neo soul singer, songwriter and musician.
1966: Black Panther Party was created by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale.
1968: Wyomia Tyus became the 1st person to win a Gold medal in the 100 metre race in two consecutive Olympic Games.
1970: Ginuwine turns 43 today. He is a singer, songwriter, dancer and actor.
1976: More than three months after Tina Turner escaped the years of abuse from husband/producer Ike, Ike & Tina Turner announced that their nineteen-year professional association was over.
1981: Keyshia Cole turns 32 today. She is an R&B singer, songwriter and record producer.
1983: Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney’s “Say, Say, Say,” charted, reaching #1 pop for six weeks.
1983: ‘Ain’t Nobody’ by Rufus & Chaka Khan was the number one R&B song this day.
1991: B.B. King performed in Seville, Spain, at Guitar Legends, a concert series that was part of Spain’s forthcoming Expo 92.
1994: James Ingram performed in Washington, DC, at the Celebrity Tribute for Medicine, honoring twenty-eight extraordinary Black Americans in the fields of medicine and science.
2001: Dr. Ruth Simmons the 1st African American leader of an Ivy League institution was inaugurated as 18th president of Brown University.
2003: The Louis Armstrong House opened to the public as a historic museum.
2007: Ernest Withers passed away at age 85. He was a photographer who spent more than 60 years documenting history from the blues music of Beale Street to the civil rights movement.
2008: Chris Mims passed away at age 38. He was a former defensive lineman for the San Diego Chargers. Mims played eight seasons in the NFL, seven with the Chargers and one with the Washington Redskins.
2010: Dr. Mildred Jefferson passed away at age 84. She was the first black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School and a nationally recognized leader of the antiabortion movement.