September 12: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Stephen Biko
1913: Jesse Owens was born. He was the first American to win four Track & Field Gold medals in one Olympic Game. He died in 1980 at age 66.
1944: Barry White was born. He was a singer, songwriter, record producer, arranger and musician. He passed away in 2003 at age 58.
1947: Jackie Robinson was named National League Rookie of the Year.
1951: Ollie Woodson was born. He was an R&B singer, songwriter, keyboardist and occasional actor. He was known for singing with The Temptations beginning in 1984. He passed away in 2010.
1954: The Drifters, the Spaniels and the Counts performed at the Brooklyn Paramount.
1960: ‘Kiddo’ by Brook Benton was the number one song this day.
1964: ‘Girl, Why You Wanna Make Me Blue’ by the Temptations charted.
1970: ‘The Tears of a Clown’ by The Miracles reached number one in England.
1976: Bizzy Bone was born. He is a rapper and turns 37 today.
1977: South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko was killed in police custody. He was 30 years old.
1977: 2 Chainz was born. He is a rapper and turns 36 today.
1978: Ruben Studdard was born. He is a R&B, pop and gospel singer. He turns 35 today.
1980: Lillian Randolph passed away at age 81. She was an actress and singer, a veteran of radio, film, and television. She worked in entertainment from the 1930s well into the 1970s, appearing in hundreds of radio shows, motion pictures, short subjects, and television shows.
1981: Jennifer Hudson was born. She is an Academy Award winning actress and a Grammy Award Winning singer and spokesperson for Weight Watchers. She turns 32 today.
1984: Dwight Gooden set the baseball record for strikeouts in a season by a rookie with 246, previously set by Herb Score in 1954. Gooden’s 276 strikeouts that season, pitched in 218 innings, set the current record.
1987: Michael Jackson began his Bad world tour in Korakue Stadium in Tokyo, Japan. The tour would take more than a year to complete.
1988: Hurricane Gilbert devastated Jamaica; it turns towards Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula 2 days later, causing an estimated $5 billion in damage.
1992: Astronaut Mae Jemison became the first African American woman in space.
1994: Lenny Kravitz performed at Chicago’s Soldier Field as opening act for the Rolling Stones.
2000: Stanley William Turrentine, also known as “Mr. T” or “The Sugar Man” passed away at age 66. He was a saxophonist, bandleader and composer.
2007: Bobby Byrd passed away at age 73. He was a longtime collaborator with the late Godfather of Soul, James Brown, and co founder of the Famous Flames. One of the chief architects of Brown’s trademark sound.
2010: Varnette Honeywood passed away at age 59. An artist whose paintings hung on the walls of the set of The Cosby Show and whose colorful images depicted black family life.
2011: The 9/11 Memorial Museum opened to the public.