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FEATURED: Carter G. Woodson (Photo: AP)

1883: Inventor Humphrey H. Reynolds received a patent for the window ventilator for railroad cars.

1928: Retired NBA player Earl Lloyd was born. He was the 1st African American to play in an NBA game.

1936: Jazz musician and bandleader Jimmy McGriff was born (Died: 2008).

1950: The ‘Father of Black History’ Carter G. Woodson passed away.

1952: Harry Belafonte recorded his first songs for RCA Victor.

1959: The BBC banned the Coasters’ ‘Charlie Brown’ over its reference to spitballs.

1961: The #1 song was ‘Blue Moon’ by the Marcels.

1961: Actor and comedian Eddie Murphy was born.

1968: Dr. Martin Luther King gave his last speech “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop’ the day before he was assassinated.

1976: Diana Ross’s ‘Love Hangover’ made its way on the Hot 100 chart, eventually reaching number one.

1990: Jazz legend Sarah Vaughan passed away.

1996: Ron Brown, Secretary of Commerce, was killed in a plane crash.

1996: Carl Stokes, 1st black mayor of a major city (Cleveland) passed away.

1996: MC Hammer (former Forbes lister) filed for bankruptcy.

1998: Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris Michael Katherine Jackson was born.

April 3rd in Black History  was originally published on