CMN Almanac

Today is Thursday, June 7th, the 158th day of the year.  There are 207

Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni

days remaining until the end of the year.

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES Black Music Month, Gay Pride Month,

National Candy Month, National Dairy Month, National Iced-Tea Month,

National Fishing Week, National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Nikki Giovanni, 75, author/poet/educator

L.A. Reid

L.A. Reid

L.A. Reid, 62, producer/songwriter

Kym Whitley, 57, actress

Terrell Buckley, 47, football player

Allen Iverson, 43, basketball player

Prince

Prince

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

Gwendolyn Brooks, 101, poet (d. 2000)

Prince, 60, singer/songwriter/producer/musician (d. 2016)

DEATHS

ON THIS DATE IN…

1862 – The United States and the United Kingdom agree to

suppress the slave trade.

Kym Whitley

Kym Whitley

1892 – Black inventor, G.T. Sampson patents the clothes dryer.

1892 – Homer Plessy is arrested for refusing to leave his

seat in the “whites-only” car of a train; he lost the resulting

court case, Plessy v. Ferguson.

1930 – The New York Times agrees to capitalize the “n” in Negro.

1946 – The U.S. Supreme Court bans discrimination in interstate travel.

1953 – Mary Terrell wins struggle to end segregation in Washington, D.C.

Allen Iverson

Allen Iverson

restaurants.

1968 – Sirhan Sirhan indicted for the Bobby Kennedy assassination.

1968 – The body of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy lies in state at St. Patrick’s

Cathedral in New York.

1979 – Singer, Chuck Berry is charged with tax evasion.

1990 – Michael Jackson is hospitalized for chest pains.

Mary Terrell

Mary Terrell

1990 – Universal Studios Florida opens in Orlando.

1993 – Prince celebrates his birthday by changing his name to a symbol.

1998 – James Byrd, Jr. is dragged to death in Jasper, Texas in a racially-

motivated hate crime.

HOROSCOPE

Mercury is the dominant planetary influence in your sign, but because you are born in the second Decan, or part, of the Gemini you are also influenced by Venus. Mercury provides the influence of the mind, knowledge and intellect. Venus complements these qualities well with a focus on sociability, cooperation and harmony. The influence of these two planets have combined to innate charm. Your ability to influence others is particularly strong, but you must be careful to not abuse your social powers.

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Today is Wednesday, June 6th, the 157th day of the year.  There are 208

days remaining until the end of the year.

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES Black Music Month, National Candy

Marian Wright-Edelman

Marian Wright-Edelman

Month, Gay Pride Month, National Dairy Month, National Iced-Tea

Month, National Fishing Week, D-Day

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Roy Innis, 84, civil rights activist

Bobby Mitchell, 83, football player

Marian Wright Edelman, 79, founder Children’s Defense Fund

Jimmy Jam

Jimmy Jam

Jimmy Jam, 59, producer/songwriter/keyboardist

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

Alexander Pushkin, (b. 1799), author/poet (d. 1837)

Levi Stubbs, 81, singer (Four Tops) (d. 2008)

DEATHS

Robert F. Kennedy, 1968, politician (b. 1925)

Levi Stubbs

Levi Stubbs

Larry Riley, 1992, actor (b. 1953)

Billy Preston, 2006, singer/pianist (b. 1946)

Marvin Isley, 2010, singer/bass player (Isley Bros.) (b. 1953)

ON THIS DATE IN…

1716 – 1st slaves arrive in Louisiana.

1831 – 2nd National Black Convention in Philadelphia.

Billy Preston

Billy Preston

1863 – The Civil War Battle of Milken’s Bend, Black soldiers took former

master prisoner.

1921 – Detroit Stars’ Bill Gatewood pitches the 1st no-hitter in Negro

League history, defeating the Cuban Stars 4-0.

1930 – Dillard University is chartered in New Orleans.

1946 – The National Basketball Association is created with eleven

Ben Vereen

Ben Vereen

teams.

1958 – Ozzie Vigil is the 1st Black to play as a Detroit Tiger.

1966 – Stokely Carmichael launches the “Black Power” movement.

1992 – Ben Vereen suffers injuries when hit by a car.

HOROSCOPE

The Gemini sign is paired directly with air, and you have the most fluid relationship with air out of all the zodiac signs. The influence of air stirs within you and causes a constant curiosity and thirst for knowledge. Embracing the active qualities of air causes some of the brightest, most enjoyable parts of your personality. Be wearing of accidently falling into the less active qualities of stagnant air, as they will make you aloof and emotionally detached.

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Today is Tuesday, June 5th, the 156th day of the year.  There are 209

Tommie Smith & John Carlos

Tommie Smith & John Carlos

days remaining until the end of the year.

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES  Black Music Month,

National Candy Month, Gay Pride Month, National Dairy

Month, National Iced Tea Month, National Dairy Month,

Adopt a Cat Month, National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables

Month, Rose Month, Turkey Lovers Month, National Fishing

Week, World Environment Day

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Kenny G

Kenny G

Tommie Smith, 74, track and field legend

John Carlos, 73, track and field legend

Freddie Stone, 72, guitarist (Sly and the Family Stone)

Kenny G., 62, jazz saxophonist

Michael Winans, 59, gospel singer

Brian McKnight, 49, singer

Lamon Brewster, 45, boxer

Tory Holt, 42, football player

Brian McKnight

Brian McKnight

Marques Colston, 35, football player

Marcus Thornton, 31, basketball player

Steelo Brim, 30, TV show host

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

Ronnie Dyson, 68, singer (d. 1990)

DEATHS

Clarence Pendleton, 1988, civil rights leader (b. 1930)

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harriet Beecher Stowe

ON THIS DATE IN…

1829 – HMS Pickle captures the armed slave ship “Voladora”

off the coast of Cuba.

1851 – Harriet Beecher Stowe’s anti-slavery serial, “Uncle Tom’s

Cabin”, or “Life Among The Lowly”, starts a ten-month run in

the National Era abolitionist newspaper.

1907 – Jockey, Jimmy Lee makes racing history.

1940 – The American Negro Theater organizes.

Clarence Pendleton

Clarence Pendleton

1950 – U.S. Supreme Court undermines legal foundations of segregation.

1956 – Federal court rules racial segregation on Montgomery buses,

unconstitutional.

1968 – Presidential candidate, Sen. Robert Kennedy, is shot at the

Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, by Sirhan Sirhan.  Kennedy dies

the next day.

1981 – The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of the Center for

Mae Jemison

Mae Jemison

Disease Control and Prevention reports that 5 people in L.A. have

a rare form of pneumonia seen only in patients with weakened immune

systems, in what turns out to be the first recognized cases of AIDS.

1987 – Dwight Gooden returns to baseball from drug rehabilitation

and allow wins.

1987 – Mae Jemison became the 1st Black female astronaut.

HOROSCOPE

As a Gemini born on June 5th, you take great pride in your ability to communicate. You are energized by the outside world and take most opportunities to share your observations with others. Your friends and peers have always been impressed with your ability to string together valuable insight in an instant, but you feel that the ability is natural. While less aware individuals may call you talkative or a chatterbox, your close friends value your sociability.

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Today is Monday, June 4th, the 155th day of the year.  There are 210

days remaining until the end of the year.

Keith David

Keith David

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES Black Music Month,

National Candy Month, Gay Pride Month, National Dairy

Month, National Adopt a Cat Month, National Iced Tea

Month, National Fishing Week, National Fruit and

Vegetables Month, Rose Month, Turkey Lovers, National

Hug Your Cat Day

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Roger Ball, 74, saxophonist (Average White Band)

El DeBarge

El DeBarge

Keith David, 62, actor

El DeBarge, 57, singer

John P. Kee, 56, gospel singer

Xavier McDaniel, 55, basketball player

Al B. Sure, 50, singer

Greg Monroe, 28, basketball player

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

John P. Kee

John P. Kee

Leroy T. Walker, 99, former Pres. of U.S. Olympic Committee

(d. 2012)

Marion Motley, 97, football player (d. 1999)

DEATHS

Arna Botemps, 1973, poet (b. 1901)

Freddie Scott, 2007, singer (1933)

ON THIS DATE IN…

1665 – The first Baptist Church in the U.S. is founded.

Al B. Sure

Al B. Sure

1789 – The U.S. Constitution goes into effect.

1832 – The 3rd National Black convention meets in Philadelphia.

1957 – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “Power of

Nonviolence” speech at the University of California, Berkeley.

1967 – Curt Flood’s record 568 straight chances without an error

ends (227 games).

1967 – Bill Cosby receives an Emmy Award for his work in the TV

series, “I Spy”.

Angela Davis

Angela Davis

1972 – Activist, Angela Davis is acquitted of killing a white prison

guard.

1978 – The 32nd Tony Awards: Da & Ain’t Misbehavin win.

1987 – After 122 victories, Edwin Moses loses his first 400 meter

hurdles race in ten years.

HOROSCOPE

While it is always difficult to find the right career, your natural abilities will give you several options to explore. Traditional careers such as teaching, business or public relations could pair well with your intellect and gifts for communication. If you are drawn to the world of entertainment, you may share in the irresistible qualities of Angelina Jolie, who was also born on June 4th. In whichever career you choose, use your charms to create laughter among your coworkers, much like Russel Brand, another of your birthday twins.

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Today is Sunday, June 3rd, the 154th day of the year.  There are 211

remaining until the end of the year.

Deniece Williams

Deniece Williams

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES Black Music Month,

National Adopt a Cat Month, National Candy Month, Gay

Pride Month, National Fruit and Vegetables Month, Rose

Month, National Dairy Month, National Iced Tea Month,

Turkey Lovers Month, Fishing Week, Repeat Day

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Irma P. Hall, 83, actress

Emmitt Thomas, 75, football player/coach

Eddie Holman, 72, singer

Lyfe Jennings

Lyfe Jennings

Deniece Williams, 68, singer

Sam Mills, 59, football player

Lyfe Jennings, 45, singer

Al Horford, 32, basketball player

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

Charles R. Drew, 114, physician/blood plasma pioneer (d. 1950)

Dr. Charles Drew

Dr. Charles Drew

Josephine Baker, 112, entertainer (d. 1975)

Jimmy Rogers, 94, singer/guitarist (d. 1997)

Curtis Mayfield, 76, singer/songwriter/producer (d. 1999)

DEATHS

Koko Taylor, 2009, singer (b. 1928)

Deacon Jones, 2013, football player (b. 1938)

Curtis Mayfield

Curtis Mayfield

ON THIS DATE IN…

1833 – The 4th National Black Convention meets in Philadelphia.

1890 – Black inventor, L.H. Jones patents the corn harvester.

1894 – Black inventor, Granville T. Woods patents the steam boiler

furnace.

1884 – John Lynch, Republican-Missouri, chosen 1st Black major

Deacon Jones

Deacon Jones

party national convention chair.

1919 – Liberty Life Insurance organized by Blacks in Chicago.

1937 – Josh Gibson HR’s just 2 feet below rim of Yankee Stadium

(580′ drive).

1949 – Wesley Anthony Brown becomes the 1st Black to graduate

from the U.S. Naval Academy.

Thomas Hearns

Thomas Hearns

1967 – Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” reaches #1.

1968 – Poor people’s March on Washington.

1980 – The New York Mets draft 18-year-old Darryl Strawberry #1.

1984 – “Wiz” closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater in New York City after

13 performances.

1991 – Thomas Hearns captures WBA light-heavyweight title.

2012 – Tiger Woods’ 73rd PGA tour victory equals Jack Nicklaus’

record.

HOROSCOPE

The planet Mercury rules the Gemini sign, but because you are born in the second Decan, or part, of the sign, you are also influenced by Venus. Mercury influences an agile mind, which is only enhanced with Venus’s influence of cooperation and charm. Some people find you irresistible and you must take care not to abuse your natural appeal. Your need for harmony results in a dependence on a group of friends. This predisposition may become an issue if you don’t take care to select dependable and worthwhile companions.

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Today is Saturday, June 2nd, the 153rd day of the year.  There are 212

Cornel West

Cornel West

days remaining until the end of the year.

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES  Black Music Month,

National Adopt a Cat Month, National Candy Month,

National Dairy Month, Gay Pride Month, National Iced

Tea Month, National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month,

Rose Month, Turkey Lovers Month, Fishing Week, National

Dennis Haysbert

Dennis Haysbert

Doughnut Day

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Charles Miller, 79, flutist/saxophonist (War)

William Guest, 77, singer (Gladys Knight & the Pips)

Cornel West, 65, author/philosopher

Dennis Haysbert, 64, actor

Sisaundra Lewis, 48, singer

Wayne Brady

Wayne Brady

Wayne Brady, 46, actor/singer

Earl Boykins, 42, basketball player

Leela James, 35, singer

Freddy Adu, 29, soccer player

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

Johnny Carter, 84, singer (The Dells) (d. 2009)

DEATHS

Bo Diddley

Bo Diddley

Junkyard Dog, 1998, wrestler/football player (b. 1952)

Bo Didley, 2008, singer/guitarist (b. 1928)

LeRoy Ellis, 2012, basketball player (b. 1940)

ON THIS DATE IN…

1834 – The 5th National Black Convention meets in New York City.

1863 – Harriett Tubman leads Union guerrillas into Maryland to

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman

free slaves.

1899 – Black Americans observed a day of fasting in protest against

lynchings.

1967 – Race riots occur in the Roxbury section of Boston.

1980 – “Your Arms Too Short To Box With God” opens at the

Ambassador Theater in New York City for 149 performances.

HOROSCOPE

The Gemini zodiac sign is paired directly with the element of air. You actually have the most fluid relationship with air out of any of the 12 signs of the zodiac. From air you are given the gentle breezes of curiosity and a slightly stronger push towards knowledge. If you don’t embrace the qualities of moving air, you will find yourself aloof and emotionally detached.

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Today is Thursday, June 1st, the 152nd day of the year.  There are 213

Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman

days remaining until the end of the year.

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES  Black Music Month,

National Adopt a Cat Month, National Candy Month,

National Dairy Month, National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables

Month, National Iced Tea Month, Rose Month, Turkey Lovers

Month, Fishing Week, 1st Day of Hurricane Season

Mark Curry

Mark Curry

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Morgan Freeman, 81, actor

Jesse Johnson, 56, singer (The Time)

Mark Curry, 54, comedian/actor

Larry Centers, 50, football player

Santana Moss, 39, football player

Rev. Ike

Rev. Ike

Nick Young, 33, basketball player

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

Rev. Ike, 83, televangelist (d. 2009)

Cleavon Little, 79, actor (d. 1992)

DEATHS

Caroline Virginia Still Wiley Anderson, 1919, physician

Sonny Boy Williamson, 1948, singer/harmonica player (b. 1914)

Cleavon Little

Cleavon Little

David Ruffin, 1991, singer (The Temptations) (b. 1941)

Tony Thompson, 2007, singer (Hi-Five) (b. 1975)

ON THIS DATE IN…

1835 – The 6th National Black Convention is held in Philadelphia.

1843 – Sojourner Truth leaves New York to begin her career as an

antislavery activist.

David Ruffin

David Ruffin

1862 – Slavery abolished in all U.S. possessions.

1875 – James A. Healey ordained Catholic Bishop.

1921 – Tulsa Race Riot:  civil unrest in Tulsa, Oklahoma (21 Whites,

60 Blacks killed).

1980 – The Cable News Network (CNN) begins broadcasting.

HOROSCOPE

As a Gemini born on June 1st, your strengths are varied, but lie heavily in your ingenuity and ability to communicate. You look at the word outwardly and are excited by sampling new environments and people. While others may sometimes be at a loss for words, you never have this problem and are quick with witty observations. Your social talents make you a coveted friend and companion.

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Today is Thursday, May 31st, the 151st day of the year.  There are 214

days remaining until the end of the year.

Darryl McDaniels

Darryl McDaniels

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES Date Your Mate Month,

Foster Care Month, National Barbecue Month, National Bike

Month, National Blood Pressure Month, National Hamburger

Month, National Photograph Month, National Recommitment

Month, National Salad Month, Older Americans Month,

National Water Safety Month, World No Tobacco Day

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Johnny Taylor

Johnny Taylor

Happy Hairston, 76, basketball player

Darryl McDaniels, 54, rapper (Run DMC)

Kenny Lofton, 51, baseball player

Reggie Yates, 34, actor

Nate Robinson, 34, basketball player

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry

DEATHS

Johnny Taylor, 2000, singer (b. 1938)

Orlando Woolridge,2012, basketball player (b. 1959)

ON THIS DATE IN…

1870 – Congress passes the 1st Enforcement Act to protect the rights

of Blacks.

Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder

1921 – Tulsa race riot:  civil unrest in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  The official

death toll is 39, but recent investigations suggest the actual toll

may be much higher.

1955 – The Supreme Court orders school integration “with all

deliberate speed”.

1961 – Chuck Berry’s amusement park. Berryland in St. Louis, opens.

Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt

1969 – Stevie Wonder releases, “My Cherie Amore”.

1997 – Donovan Bailey beats Michael Johnson in 150 meter race.

2008 – Usain Bolt breaks the world record in the 100 meter sprint

with a time of 9.72 seconds.

HOROSCOPE

Mercury is paired with the element of air and you have the most fluid relationship with air out of any of the zodiac signs. The stirring qualities of air help to stimulate curiosity and push you on a path towards greater knowledge. Beware that although you may be stimulated mentally, without passion you can easily slip into a state of social distance and aloofness.

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Today is Wednesday, May 30th, the 15oth day of the year.  There are 215

days remaining until the end of the year.

Gale Sayers

Gale Sayers

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES Date Your Mate Month,

Foster Care Month, National Barbecue Month, National Bike

Month, National Blood Pressure Month, National Photograph

Month, National Salad Month, Older Americans Month,

National Water Safety Month

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Gale Sayers, 75, football player

Ralph Carter, 57, actor (Good Times)

Tonya Pinkins, 56, actress

Cee Lo Green, 43, singer

Ralph Carter

Ralph Carter

Remy Ma, 37, rapper

Harrison Barnes, 26, basketball player

Jeremy Lamb, 26, basketball player

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

Stepin Fetchit, 116, actor/singer/dancer (d. 1985)

Cee Lo Green

Cee Lo Green

Countee Cullen, 115, poet (. 1946)

DEATHS

Dooley Wilson, 1953, actor/singer (b. 1886)

ON THIS DATE IN…

1539 – Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto discovers Florida.

1822 – A house slave betrays Denmark Vessey slave revolt

Stepin Fetchit

Stepin Fetchit

conspiracy, 37 Blacks are hanged.

1854 – Kansas-Nebraska Act repealed the Missouri Compromise,

opens the north to slavery.

1868 – “Decoration Day”, later called Memorial Day, is first observed

in the Northern states.

1889 – The brassiere is invented.

1909 – The National Conference on the Negro is held, now the NAACP.

Dooley Wilson

Dooley Wilson

1922 – The Lincoln Memorial is dedicated.

1965 – Vivian Malone becomes the 1st Black to graduate from the

University of Alabama.

1971 – Willie Mays hits his 638th home run and sets a National

League record of 1,950 runs scored.

1987 – Mike Tyson TKOs Pinklon Thomas in 6 rounds for the

heavyweight boxing title.

1997 – Betty Shabazz, widow of Malcolm X, is set on fire by her

12-year-old grandson.

HOROSCOPE

As a Gemini born on May 30th, your mind is constantly working to present information to others. You view the world outwardly and find great fulfillment in an ability to communicate your observations with others. Your wit and clever way with words comes with ease, much to the amazement of those around you. Your keen ability to communicate makes you valuable as a friend and respected amongst your peers.

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Today is Tuesday, May 29th, the 149th day of the year.  There are 216

days remaining until the end of the year.

Rebbie Jackson

Rebbie Jackson

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES Date Your Mate Month,

Foster Care Month, National Barbecue Month, National Bike

Month, National Blood Pressure Month, National Hamburger

Month, National Photograph Month, National Recommitment

Month, National Salad Month, Older Americans Month,

National Water Safety Month, Emergency Medical Services Week,

Learn About Composting Day

La Toya Jackson

La Toya Jackson

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Rebbie Jackson, 68, singer

La Toya Jackson, 62, singer

Eric Davis, 56, baseball player

Tate George, 50, basketball player

Melanie “Mel B” Brown, 43, singer (Spice Girls)

Carmelo Anthony, 34, basketball all-star

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

Sylvester Magee, 177, last living slave/oldest person who

ever lived (d. 1971)

Ralph Metcalfe,107, sprinter (1978)

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 100, 35th Pres. of the United States

DEATHS

Pres. John F. Kennedy

Pres. John F. Kennedy

ON THIS DATE IN…

1849 – Pres. Lincoln says’ “You can fool some of the people all of

the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can’t

fool all of the people all of the time.”

1851 – Sojourner Truth addresses the 1st Black Women’s Rights

Convention in Akron, Ohio.

1973 – Tom Bradley is elected the first Black mayor of Los Angeles.

1980 – Attempted assassination on Vernon Jordan Jr., pres. of

the National Urban League.

Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth

1980 – Larry Bird beats out Magic Johnson for NBA Rookie of the

Year.

1990 – Rickey Henderson steals record 893rd base, breaking Ty Cobb’s

record.

HOROSCOPE

A lack of passion is your greatest enemy and embracing expression is your greatest ally. Take the time to explore different avenues of expression, such as the simplicity of making someone laugh, which was the interest of Bob Hope, who was also born on May 29th. It may even be in your interest to find a cause to stand for, much like John F. Kennedy, another one of your birthday twins. Your gifts for communication may also take you into careers such as writing, education, advertising or pubic relations. Remember that your mental power will give you the chance for success in any field you choose to explore.

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