January 7: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Zora Neale Hurston
1890: William Purvis invented and patented improvements to the fountain pen in order to make a “more durable, inexpensive, and better pen to carry in the pocket.
1891: Author Zora Neale Hurston was born. She passed away in 1960.
1906: Jazz Trumpter Red Allen was born. He passed away in 1967, aged 61.
1907: Mae Barnes was born. She was a pop-jazz singer & dancer who introduced the Charleston on Broadway & later became a NYC nightclube legend. She passed in 1997, aged 89.
1911: Actress Butterfly McQueen was born. She passed away in 1995.
1917: Composer Ulysses Kay was born. He passed away in 1995.
1919: Dr. Dorothy Lavinia Brown was born. She was a surgeon, legislator & teacher. She passed away in 2004
1925: Jazz Ambassador & radio host Patrica Walton was born. She passed away in 2003, aged 78.
1927: The Harlem Globetrotters played their 1st game in Hinckley, IL.
1949: Happy Birthday to actor Steven Williams who turns 65 today.
1950: The James Weldon Johnson Collection opened at Yale University.
1955: Marian Anderson made debut at the metropolitan Opera House as Alrica in Verdi’s Masked Ball. She waws the 1st Black singer in the Company’s history.
1970: Happy Birthday to Doug E. Doug who turns 44 today.
1979: Happy Birthday to soul singer Aloe Blacc who turns 35 today.
1983: Happy Birthday to actor Robert Ri’chard who turns 31 today.
1985: British race car driver Lewis Hamilton turns 29 today.
1993: Reggie Jackson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
2002: Shirley Franklin was sworn in as the 1st African American Mayor of Atlanta and the only African American female mayor of a major American city.
2009: Clyde Charles passed away (diabetes), aged 55. He was the 1st inmate to use a federal civil rights law to sue for DNA testing that cleared him of a rape conviction.
2011: Bobby Robinson passed away, aged 93. He was the longtime owner of Bobby’s Happy House record store, a treasured Harlem institution for 50 years.
2012: Blue Ivy Carter turns 2 years old today. Happy Birthday!!!!