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FEATURED: Jackie Robinson (Photo: AP)

1872: The 1st National Black convention met in New Orleans.

1936: Bobbie Smith of the Detroit Spinners born (Died: 2013).

1947: Bunny Livingston of the Wailers was born.

1947: Jackie Robinson became the 1st black to play MLB (Dodgers).

1950: Baseball great Ken Griffey, Sr. was born.

1950: Eddie Hazel,guitarist for Funkadelic, Parliament & the Temptations was born (Died: 1992).

1958: R&B singer & songwriter Chuck Willis died during surgery of peritonitis. He was 30 years old. Dick Clark devoted an hour of American Bandstand in his memory.

1958: Musician, singer/songwriter, producer Babyface was born.

1960: Olivia Brown was born.

1960: Afrika Bambaataa was born.

1968: Actor/comedian Orlando Jones was born.

1970: Singer Kenny Lattimore was born.

1970: Rapper/producer Q-Tip was born.

1972: The Theme from Shaft received an Academy Award for Best Original Song in a film and Isaac Hays rec’d standing ovation during the presentation of his Oscar.

1985: Beverly Hills Cop starring Eddie Murphy made top 10 list of top-grossing motion pictures.

1988: Herschel Walker performed at the Fort Worth Ballet.

1991: Actor Kevin Peter Hall passed away at age 35 from AIDS he contracted from a contaminated blood transfusion.

1993: Jurors began deliberations in the trial of four LA police officers charged with violating Rodney King’s civil rights.

2002: James Brown was declared South Carolina’s Godfather of Soul by the State’s governor.

2003: Little Eva passed away. In 1962. Her song ‘Loco-Motion went to number 1, sold over a million copies and she was awarded a gold disc.

2007: Dakota Staton passed away at age 76.

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