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FEATURED: Elizabeth Catlett (Photo: AP)

1889: A. Philip Randolph was born (Died: 1979).

1894: Bessie Smith ‘The Empress of the Blues’ was born (Died: 1937).

1896: Booker T. Washington received an Honorary degree from Harvard University.

1915: Sculptor and artist Elizabeth Catlett (Died: 2012).

1922: Harold Washington, the 1st African American Mayor of Chicago was born (Died: 1987).

1928: Architect Norma Merrick Sklarek was born (Died: 2012).

1939: ‘If I Didn’t Care’ by the Ink Spots charted at #2.

1940: MLB center fielder Willie Davis was born (Died: 2010).

1942: The Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) was founded.

1947: Jackie Robinson played his 1st major league game with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

1966: Jimi Hendrix performed at the Blackpool Odeon.

1968: Aretha Franklin recorded ‘Think.’

1970: Actor Flex Alexander was born.

1972: ‘First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ by Roberta Flack was #1.

1978: Thomas W. Turner passed (founder of the Federation of Colored Catholics).

1978: #1 R&B song was ‘Too Much, Too Little, Too Late’ by Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams

1985: Marvin Hagler knocked out Thomas Hearns in three.

1989: Tone Loc went to #1 with ‘Loc-ed After Dark.’

1995: This Is How We Do It by Montel Jordan started a 7 week run at #1.

2001: Janet Jackson started a 6 week run at #1 with ‘All For You.’

April 15th in Black History:  was originally published on