Tammi Terrell Dies

    1970 – Motown superstar Tammi Terrell dies. Terrell became a star singing as alongside Marvin Gaye to run off a string of four major hits, including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” During a performance at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia in October...

Quincy Jones Born

    1933 – Quincy Jones was born Quincy Jones, Music Impresario, Born March 14, 1933 in Chicago’s South Side. He first fell in love with music when he was in elementary school. He settled on the trumpet after trying nearly all the instruments in his school band. At the age of...

Billy Eckstine Dies

1876 – U.S. Refuses to Seat P.B.S. Pinchback, elected Senator from Louisiana in 1873, after three years of controversy.     1971 – Muhammad Ali battled Joe Frazier for the heavyweight championship. In what was called the “Fight of the Century,” the two great...

Comedian Bert Willia...

    1922 – Bert Williams – a Leading Comedian Dies At the turn of the century Bert Williams was one of America’s stop comedians. Comedian Eddie Cantor called him a comic “genius,” W.C. Fields, a comic genius himself, once described Williams as...

Harry Belafonte Born

1841 – Blanche Kelso Bruce, the first Black to serve a full term in the United States Senate was born a slave in Prince Edward County, Virginia. In February 1874, Bruce was elected to the U. S. Senate, the second African American to serve in the upper house of Congress.  ...

Michael Jackson Wins...

   1943 – Porgy and Bess opened on Broadway with Anne Brown and Todd Duncan in starring roles. The musical was based on an English-language opera by the American composer George Gershwin, which was adapted from of DuBose Heyward’s 1925 novel of the same name. 1984...

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