July 18: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Nelson Mandela
1753: Lemuel Haynes was born. He was an influential religious leader who argued against slavery. Haynes wrote: “Liberty is equally as precious to a black man, as it is to a white one, and bondage as equally as intolerable to the one as it is to the other”. He passed away in 1833 at age 80.
1909: Ivory Deek Watson was born. He sang tenor was a member of the Ink Spots. He passed away in 1969 at age 60.
1918: Nelson Mandela was born. He was a much-loved South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He passed away in December of 2013.
1929: Jalacy Hawkins aka Screamin’ Jay Hawkins was born. He was a musician, singer, and actor. He passed away in 2000 at age 70.
1932: Thomas S. Allen was born. Better known as ‘Papa’ Dee Allen and was a member of the R&B group War. He was a percussionist, vocalist, saxophonist, pianist and was the main writer of the hit ‘The World is a Ghetto.’ He passed away in 1989 at age 58.
1954: ‘Honey Love’ by the Drifters was the Number One R&B song this day.
1941: Martha Reeves was born. She is a singer and was the lead singer of the Motown girl group Martha and the Vandellas. She served as an elected councilwoman for Detroit from 2005-2009. She turns 72 today.
1943: The Four Vagabonds charted R&B with one of the most beautiful ballads of the ’40s, “It Can’t Be Wrong,” reaching #3. The superb quartet from St. Louis never had another hit.
1943: Calvin Peete was born. He is a pro golfer and was inducted into the African American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame in 2002. He turns 70 years old today.
1954: The Clovers, the Hollywood Flames, the Crows, the Chords, the Robins, and the Four Tunes appeared at the annual Rock ‘n’ Roll jubilee held at Hollywood’s Shrine Auditorium.
1959: William Wright became the first black to win a major golf tournament.
1960: Anna Marie Johnson was born. She is an actress and impressionist who has starred in film and on television. She turns 53 today.
1961: The Shirelles’ “What A Sweet Thing That Was” charted a week after it’s A-side “A Thing of the past” did the same thing.
1965: The Four Tops began their first tour of Europe with sellout shows in London. The British part of their tour was handled by Beatles manager Brian Epstein.
1967: Vin Diesel was born. he is an actor, producer, screenwriter and director. He turns 46 today.
1968: Alex Desert was born. He is an actor, singer, songwriter and a founding member of the ska band Hepcat. He turns 45 today.
1970: Willie Mays became the 10th baseball player to get 3,000 hits.
1978: A furious Billy Martin suspended Yankee’s Reggie Jackson for not bunting.
1979: Jason Weaver was born. He is an actor and singer. He turns 34 today.
1991: Little Richard was quoted in USA Today saying, “If I had been white, there never would have been an Elvis Presley.”
1994: Whitney Houston performed at the World Cup soccer finals between Italy and Brazil at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.
2011: Lillian Mobley passed away. She was a activist who fought to establish and keep open the doors of Martin Luther King Jr. Drew Medical Center and pushed to create a companion medical school. She was 81 years old.