July 2: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Medgar Evers
1822: Denmark Vesey was executed on this day in Charleston, SC. He was an African-Caribbean who was most famous for planning a slave rebellion in the United States in 1822. Although it was not his home, the Denmark Vesey House at Charleston was named a National Historic Landmark in 1976.
1908: Thurgood Marshall was born. He was the first African American Supreme Court Justice. He passed away in 1993 at age 84.
1925: Civil Rights activist from Mississippi Medgar Evers was born. He was 37 years old when he was fatally shot in the driveway of his home in 1963.
1928: Actor of film, television and Broadway Brock Peters was born. He passed away in 2005 at age 78.
1935: Award winning Playwright Ed Bullins was born. He was also the Minister of Culture for the Black Panthers. He turns 78 today.
1948: Singer, songwriter & record producer John Whitehead was born. He was 1/2 the R&B duo McFadden & Whitehead. He passed away in 2004, age 55.
1954: Lillian Leach, one of the premier R&B lead singers of the ’50s, and her group, the Mellows, signed to Jay Dee Records.
1962: Jimi Hendrix, now a member of Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers, performed at Dante’s Inferno Club in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was previously playing with Bob Fisher & the Barnevilles, who toured America backing acts like the Impressions and the Marvelettes.
1964: President Lyndon Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act into law.
1966: Dionne Warwick had her first charter after a drought of three and a half years when “Trains, Boats and Planes” cruised onto the Pop Charts.
1970:Happy Birthday to British TV personality & MC Monie Love who turns 44 today.
1973: R&B singer, producer and arranger Jimmy Radcliffe passed away.
1974: The man who brought bass singing into prominence in the ’40s and ’50s, Jimmy Ricks of the Ravens passed away.
1982: DeFord Bailey, the first star of the Grand Ole Opry, passed away. Known as “the harmonica wizard,” Bailey was a fixture at Nashville’s WSM Barn dance radio show in 1927 and its most popular performer.
1986: Prince’s second film, Under the Cherry Moon, debuted nationwide.
1988: Chubby Checker & the Fat Boys charted R&B with “the Twist . d been.
1988: “Dirty Diana” by Michael Jackson reached #1, becoming his fifth chart-topper in a row and the first time an artist had five #1s from the same album (Bad).
2002: Jazz Bassist Ray Brown passed away.