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Black History Month originated in 1926, founded by Carter G. Woodson and was created to celebrate achievements, births, important timelines, events and to remember those we lost.

February 25: This Day in Black History was originally published on blackamericaweb.com

1. Hiram Rhodes Revels

Hiram Rhodes Revels

1870: Hiram Rhodes Revels, a Republican from Mississippi, was sworn into the United States Senate, becoming the first African American ever to sit in the U.S. Congress. (Photo: Twitter)

2. Al Higganbothan, Jr.

Al Higganbothan, Jr.

1928: Born this day, Al Higganbothan, Jr., was the first African American (and the youngest person) to serve as a commissioner of a federal regulatory commission. (Photo: AP)

3. Lee Evans

Lee Evans

1947: Olympic Gold medalist Lee Evans was born. He is also an inductee into the Nat’l Track & Field Hall of Fame (1983) and a Fulbright Scholar. (Photo: Tumblr)

4. Gwendolyn Brooks

Gwendolyn Brooks

1950: Gwendolyn Brooks, on this day, became the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize, for her book Annie Allen. She passed away in Chicago in December 2000. (Photo: NewsOne)

5. Foster Sylvers

Foster Sylvers

1962: Singer, songwriter, record producer & multi-instrumentalist Foster Sylvers turns 52 today. He was also a founding member of the group The Sylvers. (Photo: Tumblr)

6. Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

1964: Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) became world heavyweight boxing champion for the first time, on this day, by knocking out Sonny Liston in Miami Beach. (Photo: AP)

7. Veronica Webb

Veronica Webb

1965: Model, actress, writer, journalist, TV personality, Veronica Webb, was born on this day in Detroit, MI. She is also the first African American to have a major cosmetics contract (Revlon). (Retna)

8. Rashida


1976: Film and television actress, comic book author, screenwriter and singer/songwriter, Rashida Jones, was born on this day in Los Angeles, CA. (Retna)

9. Robert Hayden

Robert Hayden

1980: Award-winning Poet, essayist and educator Robert Hayden passed away, aged 66. He was also the first African American Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. (Photo: Tumblr)

10. Daniel ‘Chappie’ James, Jr.

Daniel ‘Chappie’ James, Jr.

1978: Daniel ‘Chappie’ James, Jr. passed away on this day. He was the first Black officer in the history of the United States military to attain the rank of Four-Star Full General. (Photo: AP)

11. Dionne Warwick and Whitney Houston

Dionne Warwick and Whitney Houston

1986: Dionne Warwick, on this day, presented her cousin, Whitney Houston, with the Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female award at the 28th Annual Grammy Awards. (Photo: AP)

12. Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson

1989: Frank Bruno challenged Mike Tyson for the undisputed world heavyweight title. Tyson took Bruno in five rounds on this day. (Photo: AP)

13. Tina Turner

Tina Turner

1992: Tina Turner’s British biopic, ‘The Girl from Nutbush’ aired on BBC1 in England on this day. (Photo: AP)

14. Natalie Cole

Natalie Cole

1992: Natalie Cole won big at the 34th Annual Grammy Awards: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Traditional Pop Album of the Year and Best Engineered Album (non-classical).

15. James Brown

James Brown

1992: James Brown received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 34th Annual Grammy Awards on this day. (Photo: AP)

16. Sade


1997: Sade was arrested in Montego Bay, Jamaica for disorderly conduct , disobeying a policeman, and dangerous driving on this day. Not exactly a ‘Smooth Operator.’ (Photo: Tumblr)

17. Rapper Static Major

Rapper Static Major

2008: Stephen Ellis Garret aka Static Major passed away, aged 33. He was a Grammy Award-winning rapper, songwriter, record producer & singer. He died of a rare condition called myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune disorder. (Photo: Tumblr)

18. Blues Great Louisiana Red

Blues Great Louisiana Red

2012:Blues guitarist, singer & harmonica player Iverson Minter aka Louisiana Red passed away, aged 79.

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