October 5: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Bernie Mac
1932: Yvonne Burke was born. She was the first African-American woman to represent the West Coast in Congress. In 2012, President Obama nominated her to serve as Director of the Amtrak Board of Directors. She turns 81 today.
1942: Richard Street was born. He was a singer, dancer, songwriter and member of the Temptations. He passed this past February, aged 70.
1957: Bernie Mac was born. He was a comedian and an actor of film and television. He passed away in 2008, aged 50.
1959: ‘Poison Ivy’ by the Coasters was the number one R&B song on this day.
1959: The Miracles charted for the first time with “Bad Girl,” reaching 393 pop. The new group out of Detroit was originally called the Matadors.
1963: The Impressions charted on their way to their biggest hit when “It’s All Right” reached #11 R&B and #4 pop. The group created the song backstage at a Nashville concert.
1963: Little Richard performed on a British tour with the Everly Brothers.
1972: Grant Hill was born. He is a former NBA player and Olympic Gold Medalist. He turns 41 today.
1974: Heather Headley was born. She is a Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, record producer and actress. She is 39 today.
1974: The Pointer Sisters single “Fairytale” charted, reaching #13 pop and #37 country. The group was on tour at the time and by no small coincidence wound up playing at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry.
1977: Kele Le Roc was born. She is a British Pop, UK garage & R&B Singer. She is 36 today.
1982: Brandi Williams was born. She is an actress, singer and songwriter. She is most notable for singing in the R&B trio Blaque. She is 31 today.
1984: Brooke Valentine was born. She is a singer, songwriter, model and actress. She is 29 today.
1985: Comedian Eddie Murphy charted with “Party All the Time,” the dance/novelty classic written and produced by Rick James, reaching #8 R&B and #2 pop.
1922: Eddie Kindrick passed away at age 52. He was a singer, songwriter and a member of the Temptations and one-time lead singer.
1995: Wu-Tang Clan, Mary J. Blige, Jodeci, Brandy, Salt-N-Pepa, Run-D.M.C., and the Notorious B.I.G., among others, performed in an all-star show at Madison Square Garden in New York.
2001: Barry Bonds surpassed Mark McGuire’s single-season home run total with his milestone 71st and 72nd home runs.
2011: Derrick Bell passed away at age 80. He was a legal scholar who worked to expose the persistence of racism in America through his books and articles and his career moves. Bell gave up a Harvard Law School professorship to protest the school’s hiring practices.
2011: Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth passed away at age 89. He was a blunt-speaking preacher and civil rights leader who survived beatings and bombings in Alabama 50 years ago as he fought against racial injustice alongside Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.