July 14: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: George Washington Carver Monument
1885: Sarah E. Goode received a patent for the cabinet bed on this day. She was the very first African American woman to receive a patent in the United States.
1932: Rosey Grier was born. He is an actor, singer, Christian minister, and former professional American football player. As a professional player, Grier was a member of the New York Giants and the original Fearsome Foursome of the Los Angeles Rams. He played in the Pro Bowl twice. He turns 81 today.
1934: Professional Golfer Lee Elder was born. He is the first African American to play in the Masters Tournament in 1975. He turns 79 today.
1941: Maulana Karenga was born. He is a professor, philosopher, activist, author, scholar and the creator of Kwanzaa. He turns 72 today.
1951: The George Washington Carver National Monument in Joplin, Missouri becomes the first national park honoring an African American.
1952: Eric Laneuville was born. he is a director, actor and martial artist. He turns 61 today.
1954: Lillian Leach & the Meadows recorded their doo-wop standard, “Smoke from Your Cigarette,” now a $250 collector’s item.
1956: One of the first R&B vocal groups to successfully cross over to pop, The Platters charted, reaching #7.
1958: The Drinkard Singers’ (RCA) spiritual 45, “Rise, Shine,” was issued. The group consisted of Dionne Warwick, Cissy Houston (Whitney’s mother), Dee Dee Warwick (Dionne’s sister), and Judy Clay.
1975: Zutty Singleton passed away this day. He was an influential early jazz drummer. He was 77 years old.
1979: ‘Ring My Bell’ by Anita Ward was the Number One R&B song this day.
1984: Prince’s Purple Rain album, from the film of the same name, charted on its way to #1 pop for an astounding twenty-four weeks. It would go on to sell more than 10 million copies in the U.S. alone.
1984: Philippe Wynne passed away. He was an R&B, Soul & Funk singer. He died of a heart attack at age 43.
1992: Aretha Franklin sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the second night of the Democratic National Convention.
1992: The Pointer Sisters performed at the Valley Forge Music Fair in Devon, PA.