September 18: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Jimi Hendrix
1900: Willis Laurence James was born. He was a violinist, teacher at Spelman College and chairman of the music department and director of the Spelman College Glee Club. He died in 1966 and left a completed manuscript, Stars in De Elements, which was published in 1995 as a special issue of the journal Black Sacred Music.
1905: Eddie Anderson was born. He was an actor, comedian and dancer. He passed away in 1977 at age 71.
1919: Fritz Pollard became the first African-American to play professional football for a major team, the Akron Pros.
1948: ‘I Feel Like Going Home’ by Muddy Waters charted and became his first R&B hit.
1954: ‘The Wind’ by the Diablos was released.
1964: Actress Holly Robinson Peete was born. She turns 49 today.
1966: Will Shade or Son Brimmer passed away at age 68. He was a Memphis blues musician.
1967: Ricky Bell was born. He is a R&B singer and founding member of New Edition. He turns 46 today.
1969: Darryl Hill aka Cappadonna was born. He is a rapper and member of Wu-Tang Clan. He turns 44 today.
1970: Jimi Hendrix died in his London apartment at the age of 27. The death was from an overdose of sleeping pills.
1970: Aisha Tyler was born. She is an actress, comedian, author and talk show host. She turns 43 today.
1971: ‘Stick-Up’ by the Honey Cone was the number one song this day.
1971: Jada Pinkett Smith was born. She is an actress, singer, songwriter and businesswoman. She turns 42 today.
1974: Xzibit (Alvin Joiner) was born. He is a rapper, actor and TV host. He turns 39 today.
1975: Murriel Page was born. She is a former pro basketball player for the WNBA. She currently is asst. coach for the Florida Gator (Women’s team). She turns 38 today.
1976: Diana Ross and Alice Cooper co-hosted Don Kirshner’s Rock Awards show.
1983: Roy Milton passed away at age 76. He was a R&B and jump blues singer, drummer and bandleader.
1984: Michael Jackson won three awards at the inaugural MTV Video Music Awards: Best Choreography, Best Overall Performance Video, Views Choice for Thriller.
1985: Gladys Knight debuted in the sitcom ‘Charlie & Co.’ with Flip Wilson. The show ran for one season.
1996: C.J. Sanders was born. He is an actor and found of CJ’s Gift Foundation whose mission is to promote self-esteem and self-worth among disadvantaged and at risk youth and their parents. He turns 17 today.
1997: Jimmy Witherspoon passed away at age 77. He was a blues singer and actor.
1998: Charlie Fox passed away. He was 1/2 the sibling singing group Inez & Charlie Fox. He was 59 years old.
2002: Boy Hayes passed away. He was a Pro Football Hall of Famer and a Track & Field Gold medalist. He was 59 years old.
2004: Lalomie Washburn passed away. She was a singer and songwriter. She was 63 years old.
2011: Norma Holloway Johnson passed away at age 79. She was a former chief judge of the US District Court in Washington (1997-2001). She was the first black woman to be appointed to the federal bench in Washington and the only woman ever to serve as chief judge at the court.
2012: Louis Simpson passed away at age 89. He was a Jamaican poet and won the 1964 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his work At the End of the Open Road.