This Day in Black History: January 19
FEATURED: Wilson Pickett
1918: Founder, chairman and CEO of Johnson Publishing Company, John H. Johnson was born. He was the 1st African American to appear on the Forbes 400. He passed away in 2005, aged 87.
1959: ‘Smoke Gets in Your Eyes’ by the Platters was the #1 song.
1961: The PGA lifted its ‘Caucasian Only’ clause on this day.
1963: Happy Birthday to singer Caron Wheeler of Soul II Soul. She turns 51 today.
1966: Happy Birthday to director Antoine Fuqua who turns 48 today.
1969: UCLA renamed its Social Science building to honor alumnus Ralph Bunche.
1969: Happy Birthday to singer Trey Lorenz who turns 45 today.
1969: Retired NFL linebacker Junior Seau, Jr. was born. He died in 2012, aged 43 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
1971: Happy Birthday to comedian and actor Shawn Wayans who turns 43 today.
1972: Happy Birthday to pro wrestler Ronnie Killings aka R-Truth who turns 42 today.
1974: ‘Show & Tell’ by Al Wilson was the #1 song.
1975: ‘Lovin’ You’ by Minnie Ripperton was released.
1976: Happy Birthday to actress Marsha Thomason who turns 38 today.
1977: Aretha Franklin sang “God Bless America” at a special inaugural concert for President-elect Jimmy Carter.
1979: Happy Birthday to English rapper, songwriter & producer Wiley who turns 35 today.
1982: Happy Birthday to actress Denise Boutte who turns 32 today.
1984: Happy Birthday to Rapper Lil Scrappy who turns 30 today.
1991: Janet Jackson went to No.1 on the singles chart with ‘Love Will Never Do’.
1994: Bob Marley was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
1999: Bizzy Bone (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony) went on trial in Columbus, Ohio, on charges that he dragged a student barber down a flight of stairs.
2006: Soul singer Wilson Pickett died in a hospital near his Ashburn, VA home of a heart attack, aged 64.
2008: Andy Palacio died of respiratory failure, aged 47. He was a bandleader and songwriter who spearheaded a revival of the Garifuna music of Central America.
2008: Eugene Sawyer passed away, aged 73. He was Chicago’s second black mayor who served for just 16 months in the late ’80s after the sudden death of the city’s first black mayor, Harold Washington.
2009: Ben Underwood lost his battle with cancer, aged 16. He was a blind teen whose talent for learning to “see with sound” turned him into a national worldwide phenomenon for his ability to navigate using a tongue-clicking skill called echolocation.
2009: Carol Mitchell-Leon passed away during surgery, aged 57. She was a stage, TV, and film actress, acknowledged as one of Atlanta’s high-profile stage actresses in numerous theater productions, and a respected drama teacher.
2012: Reggae musician and producer Winston Riley, aged 65, was fatally shot by an unknown assailant at his home in an upscale neighborhood in the capital of Kingston, Jamaica.
2013: Richard Turnley Jr. passed away, aged 79. He was the 1st black member elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives from Baton Rouge in modern times and a founder of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus.