October 25: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Lamont Bentley
1925: Emmett Chappelle turns 88 today. He is a scientist, biochemist, photobiologist, astrochemist and inventor.
1926: Jimmy Heath turns 87 today. He is a jazz saxophonist, composer and arranger.
1940: Benjamin O. Davis, Sr. was named the 1st African American general in the U.S. Army.
1940: The National Association of Negro Business & Professional Women’s Club was incorporated in New York.
1955: Robin Eubanks turns 58 today. He is a jazz fusion slide trombonist.
1962: Nelson Mandela was sentenced to five years in prison.
1964: Michael Boatman turns 49 today. He is an actor and writer.
1968: The city of Chicago officially recognized Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable as the founder.
1968: Sean Sasser was born. He was an activist, educator, pastry chef and reality TV personality best known for his appearances on MTV’s The Real World: San Francisco. He died of a rare cancer of the lungs. He was 44.
1968: Todd Thomas aka Speech turns 45 today. He is a rapper, singer and musician.
1969: Gladys Knight & the Pips’ “Friendship Train” (#2 R&B, #17 pop) became their lucky thirteenth of sixty-six pop charters between 1961 and 1994.
1970: Ray Charles appeared at Hammer-smith Odeon in London while on a British tour.
1972: Hank Ballard and his latest group, the Midnight Lighters, charted with “From the Love Side,” reaching #43 R&B.
1973: Actor & rapper Lamont Bentley was born. He died in 2005 in an auto accident, aged 31.
1974: Soul singer Al Green was burned while taking a shower when his girlfriend threw a pan of hot grits over him before shooting herself. Soon after, Al returned to gospel music, bought a church, and became its minister.
1977: Persia White turns 36 today. She is an actress, musician, singer and member of the rock band XE03.
1980: Diana Ross had her twenty-sixth solo turn on the charts when “It’s My Turn” sashayed onto the Hot 100 (#9).
1980: Happy Birthday Mehcad Brooks who turns 33 today. He is a former fashion model turned actor.
1981: Jerome Jones aka Young Rome turns 32 today. He is a rapper, musician, producer, songwriter and actor.
1985: Ciara turns 28 today. She is a singer, songwriter, record producer and actress.
1986: Troy Ryan aka DJ Webstar turns 27 today. He is a DJ, producer, rapper and singer.
1986: ‘Shake You Down’ by Gregory Abbott was the number one R&B song this day.
1992: Toronto Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston became the 1st African American to manage a team to a World Series title.
1997: Rick James, Zapp, the Gap Band, and Cameo, among others, performed at the Funk Fest at the Coca-Cola Starplex Amphitheater in Dallas, TX. It was James’ comeback tour after spending two years in jail.
1997: The Million Woman March took place.
2009: Mike McQueen died of cancer, aged 52. He was an Associated Press bureau chief in Louisiana and Mississippi. His career spanned 30 years, including two stints with the AP and work on two Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper teams.
2010: Gregory Isaacs died of cancer, aged 60. He was a Jamaican reggae singer whose smooth style earned him the nickname “Cool Ruler.”
2012: Emanuel Steward passed away, aged 68. He was the owner of the Kronk Gym in Detroit and an International Boxing Hall of Fame trainer who worked with fighters like Thomas Hearns, Lennox Lewis, Oscar De La Hoya, Evander Holyfield.