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FEATURED: Nina Simone (Photo: AP)

1892: Black Longshoremen went on strike for higher wages in St. Louis, Missouri.

1911: National Urban League was founded.

1924: Gospel great Clara Ward was born (Died: 1973).

1954: ‘Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight’ by the Spaniels hit the Top 10.

1956: Singer & actress Amii Stewart was born.

1958: #1 R&B song was ‘Twilight Time’ by the Platters.

1966: Poet, musician & composer Michael Franti was born.

1966: Milton Olive, Jr. was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for bravery in Vietnam.

1970: Blues musician Earl Hooker passed away.

1973: Actor Brian J. White was born.

1974: Lee Elder became the 1st black pro golfer to qualify for the Masters Tournament.

1974: The Pointer Sisters became the 1st pop act to ever perform at the San Francisco Opera House.

1977: Natalie Cole was a guest on Frank Sinatra’s ABC-TV Special ‘Frank Sinatra & Friends.’

1997: Babyface was named among the 25 most influential people in Time Magazine.

2003: Singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist Nina Simone passed away.

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