1. Charles B. Ray was born on this day in Falmouth, MA. He enters Wesleyan University in CT and is forced to withdraw due to northern and southern objections. He later becomes a prominent Black leader.
2. Octavia R. Albert, Octavia Victoria Rogers Albert, a 19th century author and religious leader and former slave. She draws inspiration from that experience for her book The House of Bondage which was published after her death by her husband and daughter in 1890. In 1870, Octavia enrolled in the Atlanta University. Three years later she began teaching in Montezuma, Georgia. There she met A.E.P. Albert and the two married in 1874. They had one daughter named Laura T. Albert.
3. Henry McKee, Physician
4. Cab (Cabell) Calloway, Big Band Director (Stormy Weather/Blues Brothers), first jazz singer to sell a million records is born in Rochester,NY.
5. Chris Kenner, New Orleans R&B singer and songwriter, best known for two hit singles in the early 1960s, that became staples in the repertoires of many other musicians.
6. Don Pullen, jazz pianist and organist. Pullen developed a strikingly individual style throughout his career. He composed masterworks ranging from blues to bebop and modern jazz. The great variety of his body of work makes it difficult to pigeonhole his musical style.
7. Rickey Henley Henderson (born Rickey Nelson Henley) is a former Major League Baseball left fielder who played for nine teams from 1979 to 2003, including four stints with his original team, the Oakland Athletics. Nicknamed The Man of Steal, he is widely regarded as the sport’s greatest leadoff hitter and baserunner. He holds the major league records for career stolen bases, runs scored, unintentional walks and leadoff home runs. At the time of his last major league game in 2003, the ten-time American League (AL) All-Star ranked among the sport’s top 100 all-time home run hitters and was its all-time leader in bases on balls. In 2009, he was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame.