October 22: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: The Supremes
1800: Lewis Temple was born. He was a blacksmith, abolitionist and inventor. He invented the toggle harpoon known as the ‘Temple’s Toggle’ in 1848.
1936: Bobby Seale turns 77 today. He is a political activist and was co-founder of the Black Panther Party with Huey Newton.
1960: Ike & Tina Turner’s chart debut, “A Fool In Love,” reached #2 R&B and #27 pop. Tina only got her break to sing on the record because Ike’s scheduled singer failed to show up at the session.
1961: Though “The Twist” had been off the charts for ten months, Chubby Checker’s appearance on Ed Sullivan’s TV show re-ignited interest in the recording as the dance was already sweeping the world. Within a month it would chart again for another historic ride to #1.
1953: Clarence S. Green became the 1st African American certified in neurological surgery.
1955: The 1st post office for blacks opened in Atlanta, GA.
1963: Over 225,000 people boycotted Chicago schools to protest segregation.
1965: Otis Smith turns 48 today. He is a retired NFL corner back and current asst. coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.
1966: Muddy Waters performed at Jazz Expo ’66 at the Hammer-smith Odeon Theater in London. Asked how he felt about Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones, who covered Muddy’s song, he said, “He took my music, but he gave me my name.”
1966: The Supremes become the first all-female music group to attain a No. 1 selling album (The Supremes A’ Go-Go).
1966: ‘Reach Out and I’ll be There’ by the Four Tops was the number one song this day.
1968: Happy Birthday to Shaggy who turns 45 today. He is a Jamaican-American Musician, songwriter and rapper.
1969: Singer & songwriter Tommy Edwards died of a brain aneurysm at age 47 on this day. “It’s All in the Game” was a multi-million selling song of his.
1970: D’Lo Brown turns 43 today. He is a professional wrestling road agent and a semi-retired pro wrestler.
1970: Bo Diddley and Lightnin’ Hopkins played at San Francisco’s famed Fillmore West.
1974: James Brown, B.B. King, Lloyd Price, and the Spinners spent some time in Zaire to perform and celebrate the world heavyweight title bout between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali.
1983: Keith Barrow passed away at age 29 from an AIDs related illness. He was a Disco/Soul singer and songwriter.
1984: Napoleon Whiting passed away this day, aged 74. He was a character actor and best known for his work on The Big Valley as Silas.
1988: Prince performed in Worchester, MA, ending a twenty-city tour that included a benefit performance to establish a scholarship in the name of seventeen-year-old Frederick Weber, who was killed by a car while waiting on-line for Prince tickets outside a record store in Boston.
1988: Henry Armstrong passed away on this day at age 76. He was a pro boxer & a world boxing champion.
1992: Cleavon Little passed away at age 53 from cancer. He was an actor of film and theatre and had the lead role of Sheriff Bart in Blazing Saddles, the 1974 Mel Brooks comedy.
1992: The man who never stopped touring, B.B. King began a concert series through South America starting Caracas, Venezuela.
2005: Singer and rapper Franky Gee died after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 43 years old.
2007: Lowell Smith passed away, aged 56 of cancer. He was a former principal dancer of the Dance Theater of Harlem who used classical ballet and bodily and facial expressions to convey emotions. He was later director of the Kennedy Center Dance Project and the Dance Theater of Harlem School