October 12: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Dick Gregory
1908: Ann Petry was born. She was an author who became the first black woman writer with book sales topping a million copies for her novel. She passed in 1997, aged 89.
1916: Alice Childress was born. she was an award winning playwright, author and actress. She passed in 1994, aged 77.
1919: Dorie Miller as born. He was the first African American to be awarded the Navy Cross for his bravery during the attack on Pearl Harbor. He died at age 24 when a Japanese submarine torpedoed the ship he and 900 sailors were on. There were 272 survivors.
1925: Essie Mae Washington-Williams was born. She was a writer, teacher and the oldest child of Strom Thurmond. She passed away this past February, aged 87.
1929: Napoleon ‘Nappy’ Brown was born. He was a singer, songwriter, musician and a Blues Hall of Famer. He passed in 2008, aged 78.
1931: The Mills Brothers recorded “Tiger Rag,” their debut single and the and the first of five #1 hits.
1932: Dick Gregory turns 81 today. He is a comedian, social activist, social critic, writer, and entrepreneur.
1934: James ‘Sugar Boy’ Crawford was born. He was a NOLA R&B musician and the author of ‘Jock-A-Mo’ a 1954 hit. He passed in 2012, aged 77.
1935: Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, musician Sam Moore turns 78 today. He was 1/2 the duo Sam & Dave.
1942: Melvin Franklin was born. He is a singer and was a member of The Temptations. He passed in 1995, aged 52.
1956: An incredible all-group show featuring the Flamingos, the Channels, the Velours, the Solitaires, the Dells, and the Pearls was held at the Apollo Theater.
1957: While on a tour of Australia, Little Richard renounced rock ‘n’ roll and is said to have embraced God. He later revealed that when an engine on a plane he was flying on caught fire, he vowed that if he landed safely he would change his ways.
1959: ‘Sea of Love’ by Phil Phillips with the Twilights was the number on R&B song this day.
1962: The Soul Stirrers were the featured act at an all-gospel show at New York’s Apollo Theater.
1966: The Jimi Hendrix Experience was formed in London.
1974: Gladys Knight & the pips charted with “I Feel a Son In My Heart,” written and produced by Tony Camillo. The song reached #1 R&B and #21 pop, earning another gold disc for the Atlanta quartet.
1977: Rapper Jay Wayne Jenkins aka Young Jeezy turns 36 today.
1986: Marcus T. Paulk turns 27 today. He is an actor, rapper and dancer.
1994: Seal performed at Toad’s Place in New Haven, CT.
1996: Rapper/songwriter/producer Puff Daddy(Sean “Puffy” Combs) made his R&B chart debut with “No Time,” reaching #9 and #18 pop. (The record was billed “Lil’ Kim featuring Puff Daddy”). Combs would later form the successful Bad Boy record label and go on to have forty-two R&B hits through 2004.
1999: Basketball Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain passed away at age 63. He is widely considered one of the greatest and most dominant players in NBA history.
2005: C. Deloris Tucker passed away, aged 78. She was a politician and civil rights activist best known for her participation in the Civil Rights Movement and her stance against gangsta rap music.
2010: Wood Peoples passed away at age 67. He was a former Pro Bowl offensive lineman who played for the San Francisco 49ers and the Philadelphia Eagles.
2011: Vic Miles passed away at age 79. He was a reporter and anchorman for WCBS-TV/Channel 2 in New York for 24 years