October 11: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Redd Foxx
1887: Alexander Miles received a patent for the an automated mechanism for opening and closing the elevator door.
1919: Art Blakey was born. He was one of the inventors of the modern bebop style of drumming. He is known as a powerful musician and a vital groover. He passed in 1990, aged 71.
1924: The first ‘Colored World Series’ of baseball began in Chicago, IL. The Kansas City Monarchs played the Philadelphia Hilldales.
1939: NAACP organized the Legal Defense and Education fund.
1952: Lloyd Price’s second single became a two-sided hit when ‘Oooh, Oooh, Oooh’ reached #4 R&B and its flip ‘Restless Heart’ reached #5.
1955: Norm Nixon turns 58 today. He is a retired NBA player.
1960: Aretha Franklin performed at a folk club, the Village Vanguard, in New York’s Greenwich Village doing standards. She was still 13 days away from her 1st R&B chart single, ‘Today I Sing the Blues.’
1969: Muddy Waters was critically injured in a car crash in Illinois but would recover to record and perform again.
1970: MC Lyte was born. She is a rapper and considered as one of hip-hop’s pioneer feminists. She is 43 today.
1975: Stevie Wonder & Bob Marley & the Wailers performed at the national Arena in Kingston, Jamaica. A highlight was the bands’ version of ‘I Shot the Sheriff’ with Stevie on keyboards.
1975: Saturday Night Live debuts and Billy Preston, along with Janis Ian and George Carlin were guests.
1986: ‘When I Think of You’ by Janet Jackson reached number one.
1986: ‘Word Up’ by Cameo was the number one song this day.
1991: Redd Foxx passed away at age 68. He was a actor and comedian. He is ranked as one of the funniest comedian ever.
1991: B.B. King performed on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show.
1991: Anita Hill gave her senate testimony accusing Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment.
1994: John Lee Hooker performed for the benefit of Willie Dixon’s Blues Heaven Foundation at the House of Blues in Los Angeles.
2007: Richard D. “Dick” Gidron passed away at age 68. He was a politically savvy Bronx businessman who became one of America’s earliest and most successful black owners of a Cadillac dealership.
2008: Former MLB player Kevin Foster died of renal cell carcinoma. He was 39 years old.
2010: Janet MacLachlan passed away at age 77. She was an actress of film and television.
2012: Clarence Mitchell 3rd passed away at age 72. He was a former Maryland lawmaker and civil rights leader. He was noted for pushing civil rights legislation through the Legislature.