September 22: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Vesta Williams
1828: Shaka was assassinated by his two half-brothers at age 41. He was the most influential leader of the Zulu Kingdom.
1890: Henry Johnson was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, America’s highest military decoration. He was serving as a sergeant in Company D of the 9th Cavalry Regiment at Milk River, Colorado during the Indian Wars and his actions earned him the medal.
1891: Jan Metzeliger of Lynn, MA posthumously received patent number 459,899 for improvements in the lasting machine for shoes.
1922: Virginia Capers was born. She was an award winning actress of film, Broadway and television. She passed in 2004 at age 78.
1937: Larry “Big Twist” Nolan was born this day. He was the titular leader of the horn-dominated band, Big Twist and the Mellow Fellows. He passed away in 1990.
1939: G.E. Patterson was born. He was a Pentecostal-Holiness, Charismatic minister who served as the international Presiding Bishop and Chief Apostle of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC), Inc. He passed in 2007, age 67.
1941: Jeremiah Wright was born. He is Pastor Emeritus of Trinity United Church of Christ (TUCC), in Chicago with a congregation exceeding 6,000. He turns 72 today.
1942: Marlena Shaw was born. She is a singer of jazz, blues and soul. She turns 71 today.
1946: King Sunny Ade was born. He is a popular performer of Yoruba Nigerian jùjú music and a pioneer of modern world music. He has been classed as one of the most influential musicians of all time. He is 67 today.
1954: Shari Belafonte was born. She is an actress, model, writer and singer. She turns 59 today.
1956: Doug Wimbish was born. He is considered to be a pioneer in hip hop bass playing and in the use of bass effects, alternate tunings and extended hand techniques. He is 57 today.
1956: Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers’ “ABC’s of Love” (#77 pop) was issued.
1958: The Solitaire’s classic “Please Remember My Heart” was issued. If you’ve got a copy on the original Old Town label (first pressing), it is worth about $2,000.
1958: The Quintones, one of the best of the one-hit-wonder doo-wop groups, charted with their classic “Down the Aisle of Love,” stopping at #5 R&B and #18 pop.1960: Hank Ballard & the Midnighters, the Bobbettes, Bo Diddley, Sam Cooke, the Olympics, Marv Johnson, and Dion & the Belmonts performed at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Columbus, OH, as part of the ongoing Biggest Show of Stars ’60 tour.
1959: Tai Babilonia was born. She is an Olympic Gold medalist and one of the first figure skaters of African American descent to win U.S. & World Titles. She turns 54 today.
1965: “Biz” Mackey, Negro League baseball player and manager passed away. He was regarded as the premier catcher in the Negro league in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
1970: Mystikal (Michael Tyler) was born. He is a rapper and actor from New Orleans. he is 43 today.
1973: ‘Let’s Get It On’ by Marvin Gaye was the number one song this day.
1979: Swin Cash was born. She is an award winning WNBA player for the Chicago Sky. She is 34 today.
1995: Michael Jackson performed “You Are Not Alone” with the Union Temple Baptist Choir prior to being inducted into the Black Entertainment Television (BET) Walk of Fame in Washington, DC.
1998: The Isley Brothers, the O’Jays, and Earth, Wind & Fire finished their summer tour at the Virginia Beach Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, VA.
2011: Vesta Williams passed away at age 53. She was an R&B singer and actress of film and television.