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. Duke Ellington & his Orchestra
1941: ‘Take the A Train’ was recorded by Duke Ellington & his orchestra.
2. The Marcels
1961: The Marcels recorded ‘Blue Moon’ on this day. The record reached number one on the Billboard Pop chart for three weeks and number one on the R&B chart. It also peaked at #1 on the UK Singles Chart. The Marcels’ version of “Blue Moon” sold a million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. (Photo: YouTube)
3. Louis Armstrong
1964; ‘Hello Dolly’ by Louis Armstrong reached number one on this day.
Louis Armstrong’s version was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001. (Photo: AP)
4. Nat King Cole
1965: Singer, pianist and bandleader Nat King Cole passed away on this day. He was the first African American to host a network television show in 1956. (Photo: AP)
5. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
1965: Martin Luther King Jr. is flanked by two white ministers from Massachusetts after they were released from jail in Selma, Alabama on Feb. 15, 1965. At left is Rev. Ira Blalock of Wellesley and right is Rev. Gordon Gibson, West Roxbury, both had been jailed in an African American voter drive demonstration. (AP Photo)
6. Henry Lewis
1968: Musician and orchestral conductor, Henry Lewis became the first African American to lead a major symphony orchestra on this day. Pictured with his wife, famed opera singer Marilyn Horne. He passed away in 1996. (Photo: AP)
1969: Rapper and record executive Birdman was born in New Orleans on this day. He is the co-founder of Cash Money Records and one half of the duo Big Tymers (Retna)
1974: Omarosa was born on this day in Youngstown, OH. (Retna)
9. Leon Spinks
1978: Leon Spinks beat Ali on this day to capture the world heavyweight crown on this day. (AP)1979.
10. Donna Summer
1979: Donna Summer won the Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female category for ‘Last Dance’ at the twenty-first Grammy Awards on this day.
1980: Rapper, Singer and the first woman signed to G-Unit Records, Olivia, was born on this day in New York, NY. (Photo: The Urban Daily)
12. Little Richard
1993: On this day, Little Richard was told he was being given a Lifetime Achievement Grammy but would have to accept it at a dinner the night before the event. His response: ‘This is the crowning achievement of my career and they want to give it to me secretly. It’s like I’m in the kitchen doing all the cooking and the waiters get all
the credit. I cried….I’ve been waiting so long.’ (Photo: AP)