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FEATURED: Colin Powell (Photo: AP)

1856: Booker T. Washington was born (Died: 1915)

1928: Jazz Hoofer Will Gaines was born.

1934: Jazz Saxophonist Stanley Turrentine was born (Died: 2000)

1937: Colin Powell was born.

1967: 76er Wilt Chamberlain set an NBA record of 41 rebounds.

1968: James Brown made a national television appeal for calm in the wake of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

1968: Bobby Hutton (17) one of the original Black Panthers was gunned down by police.

1970: Blues musician Kid Thomas passed away.

1973: Pharrell Williams was born.

1975: Minnie Riperton went to No. 1 with ‘Loving You.’

1984: Marvin Gaye was laid to rest at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles.

1984: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar used his patented 12-foot skyhook in the 4th quarter to become NBA’s all-time scoring leader.

April 5th in Black History  was originally published on blackamericaweb.com