October 6: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Fannie Lou Hamer
1917: Civil rights advocate Fannie Lou Hamer was born. Famous quote: “All my life I’ve been sick and tired. Now I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.” She passed in 1977, aged 59.
1946: Milli Small was born. She is a Jamaican singer-songwriter. She turns 67 today.
1949: Engineer, author and inventor of the Super Soaker water gun, Lonnie Johnson was born. He is 64 today.
1949: Thomas McClary was born. He is a guitarist, singer, songwriter, and record producer best known as the co-founder and lead-guitarist of The Commodores. He is 64 today.
1951: ‘Glory of Love’ by the Five Keys was the number one R&B song this day.
1955: Tony Dungy was born. He is a former football player and coach in the NFL. He turns 58 today.
1956: The Flamingos’ “The Vow” ($80), the Valentines’ “Nature’s Creation” ($100), and the El Venos’ “Now We’re Together” ($80) were released.
1958: B.B. King, known for his cutting-edge blues records, sang lead with a doo-wop group, the Vocal Chords, on the relatively sedate yet still hip single, “Please Accept My Love” released on this day. The single reached #9 on the R&B charts.
1959: Dennis Ray ‘Oil Can’ Boyd was born. He is a former starting pitcher in MLB. He turns 54 today.
1961: The Apollo Theater in New York billed tonight’s show as an all-girl revue featuring the Chantels, Big Maybelle, the Bobbettes, Tiny Topsy, and Gladys Knight.
1971: In North Carolina, the 1st legal interracial marriage took place. The couple, John A. Wilkinson & Lorraine Mary Turner was officially recognized by the State.
1977: Melinda Doolittle was born. She is a singer who finished as 3rd place finalist on the 6th season of American idol. She is 36 today.
1981: Rick James peaked at #16 pop with the single “Super Freak (Part 1)” (#3 R&B). The song would become part of rap history when the bass line was lifted for MC Hammer’s multimillion seller, “U Can’t Touch This” in 1990.
1985: Sylvia Fowles was born. She is an Olympic Gold Medalist of the WNBA. She turns 28 today.
1991: The Scott Joplin House opened as a Missouri State Historic Site.
1991: Ray Charles: 50 Years in Music aired on FOX-TV. The musical tribute to the icon included duets with Michael Bolton (“Georgia On My Mind”), Willie Nelson (“Busted”), and Stevie Wonder (“Living For the City”), along with performances by James Ingram “(I Can’t Stop Loving You”), Michael McDonald (“I Got a Woman”), and Randy Travis (“Your Cheatin’ Hear”).
1994: Patti LaBelle debuted her own hometown night club, Chez LaBelle, in Philadelphia.
2000: Pop Staples of the Staples Singers was honored at the White House with the National Heritage Fellowship presented by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.
2001: Mamie Galore Davis passed away at age 61. She was a Mississippi Delta Blues Singer.
2006: Buck O’Neil passed away. He was 1st baseman & manager in the Negro Leagues and became the first African American coach in Major League Baseball.He played a major role in establishing the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. He was 94.
2009: Iraq war veteran and NFL rookie linebacker Tony Fein collapsed and died of unexplained causes. He was 27 years old.