Jimmy Blanton (October 5, 1918 - July 30, 1942) was the first true jazz double bass player, expanding the use of the instrument from background rhythm to solo performance. He was discovered in St Louis by Duke Ellington and played in Ellington's orchestra for two years before dying of tuberculosis at the age of 23. Blanton and Ellington recorded a number of piano-bass duets.
On October 5, 1917, the Secretary of War announced the appointment of Emmett J. Scott as confidential advisor to the War Department. His assignment was to represent the interests of African Americans in relation to their role in World War I. Scott had been associate editor of the Texas Freeman, a newspaper in Houston and secretary to Booker T. Washington.
"El Negro of Banyoles" is the name given to a stuffed human body that was displayed at the Francesc Darder Museum of Natural History in Banyoles, Spain, between 1916 and 1997. It was removed after protests by Africans and people of African ancestry, which began around the time of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. The body was eventually repatriated to Africa, and was re-buried in Gaborone, capital of Botswana, on October 5, 2000.
|Valaida Snow conducting the orchestra on the set of the show|
Blackbirds at the Coliseum in London, October 5, 1934
|Homestead Grays baseball team at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh: October 5, 1943|
|Illustrated pamphlet of Martin Luther King's speech to AFL-CIO, October 5, 1961.|
|Aaliyah strikes a pose backstage at Lifebeats Urban Aid concert in Madison Square|
Garden on October 5, 1995. (Photo by Catherine McGann/Getty Images)
|On October 5, 2001: Barry Bonds surpassed Mark McGuire’s single-season|
home run total with his milestone 71st and 72nd home runs.
|Actress Kerry Washington reads the 1851 speech of abolitionist Sojourner Truth. Part of a reading from Voices of a People's History of the United States (Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove) October 5, 2005 in Los Angeles California|
|Headline from a broadside reporting on a meeting held in reaction to the Fugitive Slave Act. The meeting called on all African Americans to guard themselves against southern slave catchers, ca. October 5, 1850. (Gilder Lehrman Collection)|
|TIME magazine featured Oprah on the cover of its October 5, 1998 issue.|