October 4: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Clifton Davis
1864: The first Black daily newspaper, The New Orleans Tribune was founded.
1872: Edward Waters College (EWC) was founded.
1927: C. Delores Tucker was born. 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. She passed in 2005, age 78.
1942: Bernice Johnson Reagon was born. She is a singer, composer, scholar, and social activist, who founded the a Capella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock in 1973. She is 71 today.
1945: Clifton Davis was born. He is an actor, songwriter and minister. He turns 68 today.
1952: Anita DeFrantz was born. She is an Olympic Athlete (rowing), member of the International Olympic Committee, and former Vice-President of FISA.
1957: Russell Simmons was born. He is a business magnate and co-founder of Def Jam. He turns 56 today.
1958: George Goldner, owner of End Records, signed the Flamingos. They would have their most productive period at End with hits like “I Only Have Eyes For You,” “Lovers Never Say Goodbye,” and “Mio Amore.”
1963: A.C. Green was born. He is a retired NBA player who played in more consecutive games than any other player in NBA and ABA history. He turns 50 today.
1969: “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin,” a remake of the Righteous brothers hit by Dionne Warwick, charted, reaching #13 R&B and #16 pop.
1975: Quincy Jones, featuring the Brothers Johnson, entered the R&B Top 100 with “Is It Love That We’re Missin’, ” peaking at #18.
1975: ‘This Will Be’ by Natalie Cole was the number one R&B song on this day.
1980: Me’Lisa Barber was born. She is a three-time Gold Medalist World Champ in Track & Field. She is 33 today.
1985: Shontelle Layne was born. She is a singer and songwriter. She turns 28 today.
1986: The Commodores charted with “Goin’ To the Bank,” which they cashed in at #2 R&B. It was the last of sixteen Top 10 hits for the band between 1974 and 1988, when they last made it onto the charts.
1988: NBA player Derrick Rose was born. He currently plays for the Chicago Bulls. He is 25 today.
1988: Bill & Camille Cosby made a $20 million gift to Spelman College in Atlanta.
1989: Lil Mama was born Niatia Kirkland. She is a rapper, singer, songwriter, dancer and actress. She is 24 today.
1993: Varetta Dillard passed away at age 60. She was a blues singer of ‘Mercy, Mr. Percy’ a big hit.
1995: Actress Ambrosia Kelley was born. She turns 18 today.
1996: Gladys Knight and the O’Jays performed at the Universal Amphitheater in Universal City, CA.
1999: Art Farmer passed away. He was a well-known jazz trumpeter and flugelhorn player.
2003: An African Burial Ground in New York City was re-established.
2012: Stan Mudenge passed away at age 71. Zimbabwe’s former foreign minister for 10 years. A loyalist of President Robert Mugabe’s party, Mudenge at his death was higher education minister in charge of universities and colleges.