April 12th in Black History:
FEATURED: Josephine Baker (Photo: AP)
1864: The Fort Pillow massacre: Confederate forces killed most of the African American soldiers that surrendered at Fort Pillow, TN.
1892: Jazz musician Johnny Dodds was born (Died: 1940).
1912: Singer, songwriter, guitarist Hound Dog Taylor was born (D:1975).
1940: Herbie Hancock was born.
1947: Alex Briley (Village People) was born.
1948: Lois Reeves (Martha & the Vandellas) was born.
1964: Chubby Checker married former Miss World, Catherina Lodders.
1967: Jim Brown made his TV acting debut in ‘Cops & Robbers.’
1968: Jimi Hendrix dueted with Dusty Springfield on ‘Mockingbird’ during her British TV show, It Must Be Dusty.
1969: Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In by the 5th Dimension went to #1.
1969: #1 R&B song was ‘Only the Strong Survive’ by Jerry Butler.
1971: Jamaican Jazz pianist Wynton Kelly passed away.
1973: Claudia Jordan was born.
1973: Stevie Wonder made an appearance on Sesame Street.
1975: Josephine Baker passed away.
1978: Aretha Franklin & Glynn Turman got married.
1980: ‘Working My Way Back to You’ by the Spinners was #1 in the UK
1981: Boxer Joe Louis passed away.
1989: Boxer Sugar Ray Robinson passed away.
1993: Lisa Bonet filed for divorce from Lenny Kravitz.
1997: ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ by R Kelly was #1 in the UK.