September 3: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Michael Clarke Duncan
1838: Frederick Douglass dressed in a sailor’s uniform and carrying identification papers provided by a Free Black seaman, future abolitionist Frederick Douglass boards a train in Maryland on his way to freedom from slavery.
1895: Charles H. Houston was born. He was a civil rights lawyer and dubbed the man who killed Jim Crow. He passed in 1950 at age 55.
1896: Amanda Randolph was born. She was an actress, singer and musician and the first African-American performer to star in a regularly scheduled network television show, appearing in DuMont’s The Laytons. She passed in 1967 at age 70.
1902: Mantan Moreland was born. He was an actor and comedian very popular in the 30s and 40s. He passed in 1973 at age 71.
1910: Dorothy Maynor was born. She was a soprano, concert singer and the founder of Harlem School of Arts. She passed away in 1996 at age 86.
1915: Memphis Slim was born. He was a blues pianist, singer and composer. He passed in 1988 at age 72.
1934: Freddie King was born. He was an influential blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He died in 1976 of complications from an acute pancreatitis at the age of 42.
1948: Mutt Carey passed away at age 61. He was a New Orleans Jazz trumpeter.
1955: Overton Amos Lemons, apparently not happy with his name, became Smiley Lewis and charted with ‘I Hear You Knocking’ reaching #2 R&B.
1960: The Platters performed ‘Smoke Gets in Your Eyes’ and Red Sails in the Sunset; on American Bandstand’s nighttime edition in New York City.
1960: Seventeen people were arrested in Portland, OR after a riot broke out after the audience was notified that Ray Charles show had been canceled. He was stuck in Seattle due to bad weather.
1962: Chubby Checker in the midst of the twist mania began his first of many concert tours of England, starting at Bristol’s Colston Hall.
1975: Stefan Gordy aka Redfoo was born. He is a singer, dancer, DJ and rapper best known as part of the musical duo LMFAO. He turns 38 today.
1983: ‘Cold Blooded’ by Rick James was the number one song this day.
1985: Jo Jones passed away. He was an influential jazz drummer. He was 73 years old.
1990: Jonathan A. Rodgers was named president of CBS’s television stations division which made him the highest ranking African American in network television. He later became the President of the Discovery Networks before moving on his current post as president of TV-One.
1991: Ike Turner was released from prison after serving eighteen months of a four-year sentence for driving under the influence of cocaine. Turner had been arrested eleven times before and claimed in a Variety interview that he had indulged in cocaine to the tune of $11 million before becoming rehabilitated.
1994: Major Lance passed away at age 55 from heart disease. He was an R&B singer who had a number of hits in the 60s.
2002: Ted Ross passed away at age 68. He was a Tony Award winning actor of Broadway, film and television.
2007: Gift Leremi passed. He was a South African international football player who had played in the midfield for Mamelodi Sundowns in the Premier Soccer League in South Africa. He was killed in an auto accident. He was 22.
2012: Michael Clarke Duncan passed away at age 54. He was an Oscar-nominated actor of film and television.