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. Chick Webb

1905: Jazz drummer and bandleader Chick Webb was born on this day in Baltimore. He suffered from tuberculosis of the spine, leaving him with short stature and a badly deformed spine. His doctor suggested he play an instrument to loosen up his spine. He played professionally for the first time at age 11. He passed away in 1939 at age 34. (Photo: YouTube)

2. Leontyne Price

1927: Soprano Leontyne Price, one of the first African Americans to become a leading artist at the Metropolitan Opera, was born on this day in Laurel, Mississippi. She is considered as one of the finest opera singers of the 20th century. (Photo: Retna)

3. Roberta Flack

1937: Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and pianist, Roberta Flack, born this day in Black Mountain, NC.(Retna)

4. Jackie Robinson and Rachel Isum

1946: Jackie Robinson and Rachel Isum got married on this day. They met at UCLA in 1941. (Photo: AP)

5. Harold Sylvester

1949: Actor Harold Sylvester was born on this day in New Orleans, LA. He was the first African American ever to receive an athletic scholarship from Tulane. (Photo: YouTube)

6. Bob Marley & Rita Anderson

1966: Bob Marley and Rita Anderson were married on this day. (Photo: YouTube)

7. The Four Tops

1968: The Four Tops Greatest Hits went to No. 1 in the UK on this day and spent one week at the top of the chart. (Photo: YouTube)

8. Miami Vice

1989: Miami Vice’s 100th episode aired on this day, starring Philip Michael Thomas and Don Johnson. (Photo: AP)

9. Ronald H. Brown

1989: Ronald H. Brown became the first African American to serve as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee on this day. (Photo: AP)

10. Buster Douglas defeated Mike Tyson

1990: Buster Douglas defeated Mike Tyson, the undisputed heavyweight champion in the world, in 10 rounds at a boxing match in Tokyo, Japan on this day. (Photo: AP)

11. Alex Haley

1992: Alex Haley, celebrated author of ‘Roots’ and ‘The Autobiography of Malcolm X’ passed away on this day in Seattle, Washington. He was 70 years old. (Photo: AP)

12. Mike Tyson

1992: Mike Tyson was convicted of raping Desiree Washington in Indiana and was sentenced to six years in prison on this day (he served three). (Photo: AP)

13. “Michael Jackson Talks To Oprah Winfrey”

1993: “Michael Jackson Talks To Oprah Winfrey” aired on ABC on this day and was watched by 90 million people. (Photo: AP)

14. Babyface

1996: The Pop charts were ruled by Babyface on this day when four of the Top 20 singles on the Top 100 were written and produced by him: Whitney Houston: Exhale (2), Mary J. Blige: Not Gon’ Cry (6), Brandy: Sittin’ Up in My Room (13) and TLC: Diggin’ on you (19). (Photo: AP)

15. O.J. Simpson

1997: The O. J. Simpson jury reached a decision on $25M in punitive damages on this day. (Photo: AP)