April 17th in Black History:
FEATURED: August Wilson (Photo: AP)
1890: Harris-Stowe State College was founded.
1947: Jackie Robinson got his 1st major league hit.
1956: Box Sugar Ray Leonard was born.
1961: #1 R&B song was ‘One Mint Julep’ by Ray Charles.
1964: Actress Lila Rochon was born.
1967: MLB (former) Marquis Grissom was born.
1967: Actress Kimberly Elise was born.
1970: MC, rapper, DJ, record producer & actor Redman was born.
1972: ‘Betcha by Golly, Wow’ by the Stylistics got a gold record.
1976: Reggae musician Sizzla Kalonji was born.
1990: August Wilson won his 2nd Pulitzer for drama with the play ‘The Piano Lesson.’
1990: Rev. Ralph David Abernathy passed away.
1996: Actress Dee Dee Davis was born (she played Baby Girl on the Bernie Mac Show).
2000: Gloria Gaynor guested on television show ‘Ally McBeal.’
2003: Earl King passed away.