January 9: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Jerome Holland
1866: Fisk University was founded in Nashville, TN this day.
1901: Ishmon Bracey was born. He was considered as one of the most important early delta blues performers. He passed in 1970, aged 69.
1901: Award winning artist Edward Mitchell Bannister passed away, aged 73.
1907: Earl Renfroe was born. He was the 1st African American orthodontist to open an office in the Chicago downtown Loop area, and the 1st African American in Illinois to be licensed as a commercial aviator. He passed in 2000
1914: Jazz drummer & bandleader Kenny Clarke was born. He passed away in 1985.
1914: Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. was founded at Howard University in Washington, DC this day.
1916: Jerome Holland was born. He was the 1st African American to play football at Cornell University, in 1939, and the 1st to sit on the board of the New York Stock Exchange, in 1972. He passed in 1985, aged 69.
1935: Happy Birthday to publisher & entrepreneur Earl Graves who turns 79 today.
1935: Blues guitarist Kenneth ‘Buddy’ Scott was born. He passed in 1994, aged 59.
1940: Singer, songwriter & pianist Al Downing was born. He passed away in 2005, aged 65.
1946: Poet, author & scholar Countee Cullen died, aged 46 (high blood pressure and uremic poisoning).
1951: Happy Birthday to Mathew Knowles who turns 63 today.
1951: Happy Birthday to former NBA player/coach M.L. Carr who turns 63 today.
1957: Happy Birthday to singer Phil Lewis who turns 57 today.
1965: Happy Birthday to (retired) NBA player Muggsy Bogues who turns 49 today.
1974: Happy Birthday to Omari Hardwick who turns 40 today.
1978: Happy Birthday to Chad Johnson who turns 36 today.
1989: Time, Inc. agreed to sell NYT Cable for $420M to a group led by J. Bruce Llewellyn, the largest cable TV acquisition by an African American.
1994: Blues singer, songwriter & guitarist Silas Hogan passed away. He was 82 years old.
1997: Happy Birthday to actress & singer Lauryn McClain who turns 17 today.
2009: Eric Scoggins died of ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, aged 49. He was an award winning outside linebacker who helped USC beat Alabama in their big ’78 matchup.