July 24: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Adele Addison
1807: Ira Frederick Aldridge was born. He was a stage actor who made his career largely on the London stage and in Europe, especially in Shakespearean roles. He is the only actor of African-American descent among the 33 actors of the English stage honored with bronze plaques at the Shakespeare Memorial Theater at Stafford-Upton-Avon. He passed away in 1867 at age 60.
1914: Kenneth B. Clark was born. He and his wife were both psychologists and conducted important research among children and were active in the Civil Rights Movement. He died in 2005 at age 91.
1914: Frank Alvin Silvera was born. He was a Jamaican-born American character actor and theatrical director. Silvera was known as “the man with a thousand faces” because of his ability to play a wide array of roles. He died in 1970 at age 55.
1925: Adele Addison was born. She was an acclaimed lyric soprano in the classical music world during the 50s and 60s. She turns 89 today.
1937: Alabama drops rape charges against the so-called “Scottsboro Boys”.
1948: Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 charted with “All For the Love of Lil,” reaching #13 R&B.
1954: The Orioles’ “In the Chapel of the Moonlight” and the Vibranaires’ rarer-than-rare “Doll Face” ($2,500) were issued.
1954: Mary Church Terrell passed away. She was the daughter of former slaves and one of the first African-American women to earn a college degree. She was an activist and worked for civil rights and suffrage. She was 90 years old.
1963: Karl Malone “The Mailman” was born. He is a retired Hall of Famer NBA power forward. He turns 51 today.
1964: Barry Bonds was born. He is a former MLB player who played 22 seasons. He turns 50 today.
1965: Kadeem Hardison was born. He is an actor and played Dwayne Wayne on ‘A Different World.’ He turns 49 today.
1969: Rick Fox was born. He is a retired Pro basketball player turned actor. He turns 44 today.
1969: Muhammad Ali was convicted for refusing induction in US Army on appeal.
1971: “Mr. Big Stuff” by Jean Knight was the Number One Song this day.
1989: Ernie Morrison passed away. He was a child actor who performed under the stage name “Sunshine Sammy.” Morrison was the only black member of the East Side Kids, and was also an original Our Gang kid, a sidekick to Harold Lloyd and Snub Pollard, a silent screen comedian, a vaudevillian, a dancer, and band leader. He was 76 years old.
1995: Public Enemy postponed its televised farewell concert in Great Britain because Flava Flav broke his arm in a scooter accident.
1995: Boyz II Men and New Kids on the Block played a benefit basketball game at the Clark Athletic Center of the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
1998: Stevie Wonder performed at Kingsmead Stadium in Durban, South Africa, to celebrate nelson Mandela’s eightieth birthday. Thirteen years earlier, Stevie’s records had been banned by South African radio due to a dedication Stevie made to Mandela after receiving an Oscar.