April 2nd in Black History
FEATURED: Marvin Gaye (Photo: AP)
1870: Pioneering physician Dr. J. Edward Perry was born (Died: 1962)
1908: Thurgood Marshall was born (Died: 1993).
1911: Tap dancer Charles ‘Honi’ Coles was born (Died: 1992).
1918: Artist Charles White was born (Died: 1979)
1932: Cowboy Willie ‘Bill’ Picket passed away.
1939: Marvin Gaye was born in Washington, DC (Died: 4/1/1984).
1965: #1 R&B song: Got to Get You Off My Mind by Solomon Burke.
1965: Rodney King was born in Sacramento, CA (Died: 2012).
1968: Jimi Hendrix performed at the Paul Suave Arena in Montreal.
1969: The Milwaukee Bucks signed Lew Alcindor for a $1.4 M – five year contract.
1975: Actor/comedian Aries Spears was born.
1977: Stevie Wonder released ‘Sir Duke’ a tribute to Duke Ellington.
1984: Coach John Thomas of Georgetown Univ. became the 1st Black coach to win the NCAA basketball tournament.
1993: Roberta Flack guested on the ABC-TV soap opera, ‘Loving.’
1995: Jazz Saxophonist and composer Julius Hemphill passed away at age 57.
1998: Rob Pilaus of Milli Vanilli passed away at age 32.
2001: Mariah Carey signed a $60M deal with Virgin Records for 3 albums.
2003: Edwin Starr passed away.