April 1st in Black History:
FEATURED: Gil Scott-Heron (Photo: AP)
1895: Blues Singer Alberta Hunter was born (Died: 1984).
1917: Composer and pianist Scott Joplin passed away.
1929: Atlanta University was established.
1936: Rudolph Isley was born.
1948: Jimmy Cliff was born. He was awarded the Order of Merit by the Jamaican government for achievement in the arts & sciences.
1949: Gil Scott Heron was born (Died: 2011)
1950: Medical Pioneer and surgeon Dr. Charles Drew died from severe injuries sustained in an auto accident.
1956: #1 R&B song: Drown in My Own Tears by Ray Charles.
1966: First World Festival of Black Art was held in Dakar, Senegal.
1971: Rapper, actor Method Man was born.
1984: Marvin Gaye passed away.
1985: The long-awaited album ‘We Are the World’ was finally released.
1989: B.B. King & U2 charted with ‘When love Comes to Town.’
1991: Dwight Goodin signed a $5. M 3 year contract with NY Mets.