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.
1. 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.
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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.
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
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
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
1992: Tina Turner’s British biopic, ‘The Girl from Nutbush’ aired on BBC1 in England on this day. (Photo: AP)
14. 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
1992: James Brown received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 34th Annual Grammy Awards on this day. (Photo: AP)
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
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
2012:Blues guitarist, singer & harmonica player Iverson Minter aka Louisiana Red passed away, aged 79.