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. Nina Simone

1933: Born this day, Nina Simone, a singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist widely associated with jazz music. Simone aspired to become a classical pianist while working in a broad range of styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop. She passed away on April 21, 2003. (Photo: AP)

2. Barbara Jordan

1936: Barbara Jordan, the first African American woman to win a seat in the Texas Senate, died this day. She was 59 years old. (Photo: AP)

3. Malcolm X

1965: Leader, prominent figure and charismatic spokesperson for the Nation of Islam, Malcolm X, was fatally shot on this day as he delivered a speech in Manhattan’s Audubon Ballroom. (Photo: AP)

4. Leroy Burrell

1967: Olympic Gold Medalist Leroy Burrell, a former athlete who twice set the world record for the 100 meters sprint was born this day in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo: AP)

5. Aunjanue Ellis

1969: Award winning Actress Aunjanue Ellis was born on this day in San Francisco, CA and raised on her grandmother’s farm in Mississippi. (Photo: Retna)

6. Rapper Fat Pat

1970: Rapper Fat Pat, made famous by DJ Screw, was born on this day in Houston, Tx. He was fatally shot on February 3, 1998. (Photo: Tumblr)

7. The Jackson 5

1970: The Jackson 5 was on American Bandstand for the first time and performed their new hit single ‘I Want You Back’ on this day. (Photo: Tumblr)

8. Nolan Strong

1977: Nolan Strong the lead vocalist for Nolan Strong & The Diablos passed away on this day. Nolan Strong & The Diablos were a Detroit-based R&B and doo-wop vocal group best known for its hit songs “The Wind” and “Mind Over Matter.” (Photo: YouTube)

9. Jordan Peele

1979: Actor & Comedian Jordan Peele was born this day. (Photo: Tumblr)

10. Musical Ain’t Misbehavin’

1982: Award winning musical ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ closed at Longacre Theatre in New York City after 1,604 performances on this day. (Photo: Tumblr)

11. Sly Stone

1983: Sly Stone was a guest on ‘Late Night with David Letterman’ and performed ‘If You Want Me to Stay’ on this day. (Photo: Tumblr)

12. Corbin Bleu

1989: Actor, model, dancer, singer & songwriter Corbin Bleu was born on this day in Brooklyn, NY. (Photo: PR Photos)

13. Chuck Berry

1990: Chuck Berry was a recipient of the Grammy Hall of Fame Award for his song ‘Roll Over Beethoven’ on this day. (Photo: AP)

14. Eva Jessye

1992: Eva Jessye, the first African American woman to receive international distinction as a professional choral conductor passed away on this day. She was 97 years old. (Photo: Tumblr)