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FEATURED: Sydney Poitier (Photo: AP)

1891: Novelist Nella Larsen was born (Died: 1964).

1946: Al Green was born.

1951: Peabo Bryson was born.

1954: Hank Aaron debuted for the Milwaukee Braves.

1957: Wayne Lewis (Atlantic Stars) was born.

1961: Private 1st Class John Bennett became the last person executed by the U.S. military. He was convicted of rape and attempted murder of an 11-year-old girl. He was 26 years old.

1963: Sidney Poitier (the 1st Black) won an Oscar for ‘Lillies of the Field’ as Best Actor Award.

1966: Andrew F. Brimmer was nominated by President Johnson to serve as a Governor of the Federal Reserve System.

1973: Actor Bokeem Woodbine was born.

1974: #1 R&B song: ‘Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me’ by Gladys Knight & the Pips.

1985: ‘We Are the World’ went to #1 and stayed for four weeks.

1997: Tiger Woods became the youngest golfer to win the Masters Tournament.

1997: Notorious B.I.G. was at No. 1 with ‘Life After Death album.

1999″ VH-1s Divas Live Show featured performances by Tina Turner, Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige, TLC and Cher.

2005: Blues musician Johnnie Johnson passed away.

April 13th in Black History:  was originally published on blackamericaweb.com