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. Smokey Robinson

1940: Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, composer, record producer and former record executive Smokey Robinson was born on this day in Detroit, MI. (Photo: AP)

2. Bobby Rogers

1940: Singer and songwriter Bobby Rogers (Miracles) was born on this day in Detroit, MI. (Photo:Tumblr)

3. The Tuskegee Airmen

1942: The Tuskegee Airmen the first African American Flying Unit in the U.S. Military was initiated into the armed forces on this day. (Photo: NewsOne)

4. Etta James

1955: Etta James charted with the song ‘Wallflower’ on this day. Etta would go on to have 30 R&B hits. (Photo: AP)

5. The Miracles

The Miracles’first single ‘Got a Job’ was issued on End Records. Although, it didn’t chart, it was the start of the group’s monumental career; 46 pop and 48 R&B hits through 1978. It was also the 18th birthday for both Smokey Robinson and Bobby Rogers. (Photo: Tumblr)

6. Seal

1963: Grammy Award winning Singer & Songwriter Seal was born on this day in Paddington, London, England. (Photo: AP)

7. The Isley Brothers

1966: The Isley Brothers’ classic ‘This Old Heart of Mine’ Charted on this day on both the R&B & Pop Charts. Ron Isley would remake the song in a duet with Rod Stewart 24 years later and charting at Number 10 on the Pop Chart. (Photo: Tumblr)

8. Al Green

1974: Al Green received the award for Favorite Album Soul/R&B category at the Inaugural American Music Awards on this day. (Photo: Tumblr)

9. American Hero Emily Perez

1983: Born this day, Emily Perez, was the first female African American Cadet Command Sergeant Major in the history of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. She was deployed to Iraq in December as a Medical Service Corps officer. She was killed when a makeshift bomb exploded near her Humvee during combat operations in Al Kifl, near Najaf. Aged 23, she was the first female graduate of West Point to die in the Iraq War, the first West Point graduate of the “Class of 9/11” to die in combat, and the first female African-American officer to die in combat.(Photo: AP)

10. James Ingram & Patti Austin

1983: James Ingram and Patti Austin’s ‘Baby, Come to Me’ reached Number 1 on the Pop Charts on this day. (Photo: YouTube)

11. Kenya Moore

1993: 22-year-old Kenya Moore of Michigan was crowned the 42nd Miss USA on this day. (Photo: BlackAmericaWeb)

12. Jackson Family

1994: The Jackson Clan came together for the much-publicized Jackson Family Honors show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on this day. (Photo: AP)

13. Donald L. Cox

2011: Donald L. Cox member of the Black Panther Party high command who had his moment of fame in 1970 when he spoke at the Leonard Bernstein fund-raising party in Manhattan made notorious by writer Tom Wolfe in a New York magazine article, “Radical Chic.” Cox had been living abroad since the early ‘70s, when he fled the US after being implicated in a Baltimore murder. He died in Camps-sur-l’Agly, France on this day at age 74. (Photo: AP)