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FEATURED: Keith ‘Guru’ Elam (Photo: AP)

1914: Cora M. Brown was born. She was the 1at African-American woman elected to a United States state senate, winning a seat in the Michigan State Senate in 1952. (Died: 1972).

1936: R&B/Soul singer Ruby Johnson was born (Died: 1999).

1944: Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Bernie Worrell (founding member of Parliament-Funkadelic was born.

1956: Clyde McPhatter of the Drifters was discharged from the Army and began his solo career.

1959: Harry Belafonte appeared in a charity benefit at Carnegie Hall.

1962: Paula Abdul was born.

1965: The film T.A.M.I. (Teen-Age Music International) featuring the Supremes, Four Tops, James Brown & Smokey Robinson & the Miracles opened in London.

1965: Suge Knight was born.

1969: Over 80 members of the Afro American Society took over Willard Hall-Cornell University Student Union.

1969: #1 Song was ‘Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In’ by the 5th Dimension.

1974: Trina was born.

1974: The Movie ‘Truck Turner’ starring Isaac Hayes & Nichelle Nichols was released.

1976: Percy Julian passed away.

1982: Astronaut Guion Bluford, Jr. became 1st Black selected for US missions.

1986: Prince started a 2 week run at No. 1 with ‘Kiss.’

1986: Michael Spinks beat Larry Holmes in 15 rounds.

1986: WNBA Candace Parker was born.

2010: Rapper, producer & actor Keith Elam aka Guru passed away.

April 19th in Black History  was originally published on