This Day in Black History: Oct. 21, 1917

Dizzy Gillespie is born.

Posted: 10/21/2011 06:30 AM EDT

(Photo: William Gottlieb/Redferns)

Jazz trumpeter and composer Dizzy Gillespie was born in Cheraw, South Carolina. He would go on to play with a number of popular swing bands before developing his own signature style, bebop.