July 26: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Allen Hoskins
1865: Patrick Francis Healy became the first black awarded a Ph.D. at Louvain in Belgium.
1914: Erskine Hawkins, known as the “Twentieth-Century Gabriel” due to his trumpeting prowess, was born.
1922: Dorothea Church was born. She was the first successful black fashion model in Paris. She died in 2006 at age 84.
1937: Al Banks was born. He was a singer and an original member of The Turbans, a doo-wop group from Philly.
1940: Dobie Gray was born. He was a singer and songwriter whose musical career spanned soul, country, pop, and musical theater. His 1973 hit ‘Drift Away’ sold over one million copies. He passed away in 2011 at age 71.
1941: Darlene Love was born. She is a singer and actress. She turns 71 years old today.
1941: Brenton Wood was born. He is a singer and songwriter. He turns 72 today.
1948: Bob Howard became one of the first Black male hosts on television. The New York CBS affiliate hired the Black entertainer to star in The Bob Howard Show. It ran for a year.
1954: Willie Mays was on the cover of Time Magazine.
1963: “Mickey’s Monkey” was released by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
1969: Dionne Warwick charted two albums (“Odds and Ends” #43 in 1969 and “No Night So Long,” #23 in 1980) on the same day, eleven years apart.
1969: Billy Davis Jr. and Marilyn McCoo of the Fifth Dimension got married and are still married today.
1970: Jimi Hendrix was given an honorary diploma by his alma mater, Garfield High School in Seattle, even though he never graduated.
1975: ‘Fight the Power, Part I” by the Isley Brothers as the Number One Song this day.
1975: Jazz stylist Nancy Wilson hit the Top 200 with her LP “Come Get to Thee” (#119). It was the thirty-first of thirty-four chart albums for the veteran vocalist between 1962 and 1984.
1979: Tamyra Gray was born. She is a singer, songwriter and actress. She turns 34 today.
1980: Allen Hoskins passed away this day at age 59 of cancer. He was a child actor most famous for portraying the character of Farina in 105 ‘Our Gang’ short films from 1922-1931.
1984: Prince’s movie “Purple Rain” premiered in Hollywood, CA.
1992:Singer Mary Wells passed away. She died from cancer, aged 49.
1992: The Whispers and the O’Jays performed at two sold-out shows at the Valley Forge Music Fair in Devon, PA.
2006: Louise ‘Miss Lou’ Bennett passed away. She was a Jamaican poet, folklorist, writer, and educator. She was 87 years old.
2006: Floyd Dixon passed away. He was a rhythm and blues pianist and singer. He was 77 years old.