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. Fats Domino

1928: Fats Domino was born on this day. He is a singer, songwriter, pianist, composer, inductee into the Rock/Roll Hall of Fame and recipient of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the National Medal of Arts. (Retna)

2. Bill Duke

1943: Actor and director Bill Duke was born on this day in Poughkeepsie, New York. (AP Photo)

3. Muhammad Ali

1964: On this day, the Kentucky boxer known to all as Cassius Clay, changed his name to Muhammad Ali as he accepted Islam and rejected Christianity. “I believe in the religion of Islam. I believe in Allah and in peace … I’m not a Christian anymore.” (Photo: AP)

4. Erykah Badu

1971: Singer, songwriter, producer and video director, Erykah Badu, was born on this day in Dallas, TX. (Retna)

5. Corinne Bailey-Rae

1979: Singer, songwriter and musician Corinne Bailey-Rae was born on this day in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. (Retna)

6. Michael Jackson

1983: Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ album reached number 1 on this day and stayed there for 37 weeks and selling more than 40 million copies. (Photo: AP)

7. Jimmy Cliff

1985: Jimmy Cliff became the first Jamaican artist to win a Grammy as the Best Reggae Recording a newly instituted category. The song was ‘Reggae Night’ (Photo: AP)

8. Tina Turner

1985: Tina Turner won Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Female Vocal Performance all with the million seller ‘What’s Love Got to Do With It’ at the 27th Annual Grammy Awards on this day. (Photo: AP)

9. Aretha Franklin

1994: Aretha Franklin was awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 36th Annual Grammy Awards on this day. (Photo: AP)

10. Curtis Mayfield

1994: Curtis Mayfield was presented with the Grammy Legend Award on this day at the 36th Annual Grammy Awards. He passed away in December of 1999 in Georgia. He was 57 years old. (Photo: AP)

11. Maya Angelou

Babtam Books congratulated Maya Angelou for having a novel on the best seller list for the longest length of time (two years) for ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ on this day. (Photo: Tumblr)

12. Trayvon Martin

2012: Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black Florida teen was fatally shot on this day by a neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman. Zimmerman claimed self-defense but was arrested nearly a month later and charged with murder. (Photo: Courtesy of the Martin family)