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Daily Black History facts for April 7
1942: Navy Secretary Frank Knox
announced Black volunteers’
acceptance for general service in the
1917: Billie Holiday, jazz singer,
songwriter, and actress, was born.
Nicknamed “Lady Day” by her friend
and musical partner Lester Young,
Holiday had a seminal influence
on jazz and pop singing. Her vocal
style, strongly inspired by jazz
instrumentalists, pioneered a new way
of manipulating phrasing and tempo.
1975: Frank Robinson named manager
for the Cleveland Indians.
2001: Unarmed Black teen, Timothy
Thomas, was shot to death by Cincinnati
police, Stephen Roach, which resulting
in the Cincinnati Riots between April
9-13. The riots were the largest urban
disturbance in the United States since
the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
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