Quincy Jones Born

[wp_ad_camp_1] 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...

Billy Eckstine Dies

1876 – U.S. Refuses to Seat P.B.S. Pinchback, elected Senator from Louisiana in 1873, after three years of controversy. [wp_ad_camp_1] 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...

[wp_ad_camp_1] 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...

[wp_ad_camp_1]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....

Hattie McDaniel Wins...

[wp_ad_camp_1]1940 – Hattie McDaniel wins an Oscar for Best Supporting actress in the movie “Gone With The Wind.” McDaniel portrayed “Mammy,” the house servant in the production based on the book by Margaret Mitchell. Hattie was the first African American to win...