1. Ethel Waters, Actor and singer, She became one of the nation’s best known jazz and gospel singers. Taking A Chance On Love Performed by Ethel Waters with Eddie ‘Rochester’ Anderson From the film CABIN IN THE SKY © 1943
Note: Notice the tap dancer doing the moonwalk….in 1943
2. Frederick Stanley “Crime Dog” McGriff, is a left-handed Major League Baseball player who starred for several teams from the mid-1980s until the early 2000s. A power-hitting first baseman with a tall, lanky build, the five-time All-Star became, in 1992, the first player since the dead-ball era to lead both leagues in home runs. Although he never hit more than 37 homers in a single season, he finished his career only seven homers away from joining the exclusive 500 home run club. He won a World Series title as a first baseman with the Atlanta Braves in 1995. He currently works in the Rays’ front office as an advisor. He also currently works for Bright House Sports Network as a co-host for “The Baysball Show”.
1. in 1820, Irish Catholics bring Halloween to America where it first gains popularity among the lower classes and becomes heavily influenced by both American Indian and slave superstitions.
2. In 1893, C. B. Brooks received Patent for Punch
3. In 1893, Football player, William Henry Lewis, named All-American, 1893
4. In 1893, Granville T. Woods Received Patent for Electric railway supply system
5. In 1899, W. F. Burr, patents Railway Switching device. Patent # 636,197
6. In 1945, Educator, Booker T Washington, inducted into the Hall of Fame for Great Americans.
7. In 1954, M. L. King becomes the twentieth pastor of Dexter Ave. Church.
8. In 1969, Riot, Jacksonville, Florida
9. In 2008, Evolver, by John Legend Top R&B Album
10. In 2008, If I Were A Boy, by Beyonce Is top R&B Download
1. In 1954, 56 Years ago Today, Defense Department eliminated segregated regiments.
2. In 1956, 54 Years ago Today, Mayor Gayle of Montgomery looks for legal ways to stop carpools.
3. In 1966, The Black Panther Party is founded in California by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale. The full name was the Black Panther Party for Self Defense. It was formed in large measure to bring attention to and combat brutality against blacks by the Oakland, Ca., Police Department.
4. In 1974, Muhammad Ali defeats George Foreman for the heavyweight boxing title. The fight took place in Zaire, now the Congo, and was billed as the “Rumble in the Jungle.”
5. In 1991, BET Holdings, Inc. sells 4.2 million shares of stock in an initial public offering, becoming the first black company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Co-founder Bob Johnson has since sold the company to the media giant, Viacom.
6. In 2009, 1 Years ago Today, President Obama Signs Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009
1. In 1889, J. Standard received Patent for Oil stove
2. In 1929, The Stock Market collapses, ushering in the Great Depression and bringing about black unemployment rates ranging from 25 to 40 percent. The effects of the Great Depression would last until the start of World War II. The American war effort created a substantial number of war-industry jobs and a second mass migration of blacks from the South to the industrial North.
3. In 1969, Supreme Court ordered end to all school desegregation at once.
1. Melba Moore, disco, R&B singer and actress.
2. Jesse Barfield, is a former Major League Baseball right fielder who played for the Toronto Blue Jays (1981–89) and New York Yankees (1989–92). He batted and threw right-handed. He lived in Tenafly, a suburb of New York City.
3. Randy Jackson, singer and musician, a member of The Jacksons. Nicknamed “Little Randy”, he is the youngest of the Jackson brothers, and the second youngest of the nine Jackson whole siblings, after sister Janet.
Randy was only three when the Jackson 5 was formed and therefore was not an original member. While his brothers toured, he honed his skills as a musician, mastering piano.
4. Oscar Jackson, Jr., better known by his stage name Paris is an American Rapp artist from San Francisco, California, known for his highly charged political and socially conscious lyrics.
5. Gabrielle Union, actress and former model. Among her notable roles is as the cheerleader in the film Bring it On, opposite Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in the blockbuster film Bad Boys II and played a doctor in the CBS drama series City of Angels. She starred with LL Cool J in Deliver Us from Eva in 2003, and opposite Cedric the Entertainer in The Honey Mooners.
6. Tracee Ellis Ross, Actress (Daughter of Famed Motown R&B artist Diana Ross), best known for her lead role as Joan Clayton on the UPN/CW series, Girlfriends. She is currently starring as Dr. Carla Reed on the new BET sitcom Reed Between the Lines.
1. In 1862, First Kansas Colored Volunteers drove off force of rebels at Island Mound, Missouri. This was the first engagement for Black troops.
2. In 1914, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, founded at Howard University, incorporated.
3. In 1981, Edward M. McIntrye elected first Black mayor of Augusta, Georgia.
4. In 2009, President Obama Signs National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010
1. Thelma Hopkins, Actress, Singer, A member of the 1970s’ pop group Tony Orlando and Dawn, she later starred in several television sitcoms, including Bosom Buddies, Gimme a Break!, Family Matters, Getting By and Half & Half.
2. Sheryl Underwood, Comedien, Actor, first gained notoriety as the first female finalist in the Miller Lite Comedy Search in 1989. She won the BET “Funniest Female Comedian on Comic View” award in 1994 and the BET Comedy Awards’ Platinum Mic Viewers Choice Award in 2005. Following her stand up success, Underwood took a number of minor acting roles including Bad Mouth Bessie in the 1998 film I Got the Hook Up, and Catfish Rita in the 2005 film Beauty Shop. She is one of the host on daytime talk show The Talk
Underwood was the host of BET’s Comic View and executive producer and host of the limited run comedy/variety series Holla(September 2002- January 2003)
1. Ruby Dee, actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and activist, perhaps best known for co-starring in the film A Raisin in the Sun (1961) and the film American Gangster (2007) for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.