April 23rd in Black History:
FEATURED: Whitney Houston (Photo: AP)
1856: Inventor Granville T. Woods was born (Died: 1910) He held more than 50 patents and is also the 1st black to be a mechanical and electrical engineer after the Civil War.
1857: Creole musician and composer Edmond Dédé was born (Died: 1903). He moved to Europe to study in Paris in 1857 and settled in France. His compositions include Quasimodo Symphony, Le Palmier Overture, Le Serment de L’Arabe and Patriotisme.
1872: Charlotte E. Ray became the 1st Black woman admitted to practice law before the District Supreme court.
1894: Singer & boogie woogie piano player Charles Edward ‘Cow Cow’ Davenport was born (Died: 1955).
1895: Jazz Clarinetist Jimmy Noone was born (Died: 1944).
1924: Retired MLB player Chuck Harmon was born. In 1954, he was the 1st Black to play with Cincinnati.
1940: The Rhythm Club fire aka The Natchez Dance Hall Holocaust was a fire in Natchez, MS that killled 209 people and severely injured many others. Hundreds of people became trapped inside the one-story steel-clad wooden building. The victims were mostly African Americans.
1951: Barbara Johns, a 16-year-old girl led students from her overcrowded, segregated school in a civil rights protest.
1952: Producer, drummer, singer/songwriter Narada Michael Walden born.
1955: ‘Whatever Lola Wants’ by Sarah Vaughn was released.
1956: ‘Hold on, I’m Coming’ by Sam and Dave was #1 song.
1971: Former English glamor model (and soft-core porn) Charmaine Sinclair was born.
1977: Former MLB player and award winning Andruw Jones was born.
1988: Whitney Houston became the 1st artist to hit #1 on US Hot 100 with seven consecutive singles.
1989: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played his last game as a Laker.
1992: Marion Berry (former mayor of D.C.) was released from prison.
1992: Singer, producer & DJ Syd tha Kyd (more recently) Syd was born.
1997: The Four Tops received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.