tlcBlack 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. John Menard

1869: John Menard became the first black to make a speech in Congress. (Photo: Tumblr)

2. Charlotte E. Ray

1872: Charlotte E. Ray graduated from Howard University School of Law on this day and became the first female admitted to the District of Columbia Bar. (Photo: NewsOne)

3. Dexter Gordon

1923: Jazz saxophonist Dexter Gordon was born. He passed away in 1990.

4. Marian Anderson

1897: Born this day, singer Marian Anderson and one of the best American contraltos of all time. In 1955, she became the first African American singer to perform as a member of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. She passed away in April of 1993. (Photo: AP)

5. Carl Anderson

1945: Singer, actor of film and theater, Carl Anderson, was born on this day. He lost his battle with leukemia in February of 2004. (Photo: Tumblr)

6. Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas

1971: R&B singer & actress Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas was born on this day in Atlanta, GA. (Retna)

7. Michael Jackson

1980: On this day, Michael Jackson was awarded the Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male Grammy at the 22nd annual Grammy Awards for ‘Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough’ on this day.

8. Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder

1981: Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder recorded “Ebony and Ivory” on this day. The song reached number one on both the UK and the U.S. charts. (Photo: Tumblr)

9. Wayne Williams

1982: Wayne Williams was found guilty and sentenced to two consecutive life terms for the murders of two young blacks who were among 28 black youths murdered in Atlanta, GA over a 22-month period. (Photo: AP)

10. Carl Lewis

1984: The first Olympian athlete to win consecutive long-jump gold medals, Carl Lewis, jumped the world record indoors (8,675m) on this day. (Photo: AP)

11. Debi Thomas

1988: World class figure skater Debi Thomas won a bronze medal on this day at the Winter Olympics. She was the first African American to win a Medal in any Winter Olympic sport. She is now a physician in Terre Haute, IN. (Photo: Tumblr)

12. Tiger Woods

1992: Tiger Woods, at age 16, became the youngest PGA golfer in 35 years on this day. (Photo: AP)

13. Whitney Houston

1993: After 14 weeks at Number 1, Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ became the longest-running chart topper on this day. It became the second largest selling single in U.S. history. First place is ‘We Are the World’ by USA for Africa. (Photo: AP)

14. The Four Tops

1997: The Four Tops received the Pioneer Lifetime Achievement Award at the 8th annual Rhythm & Blues Foundation’s Ceremony at New York’s Hilton Hotel. (Photo: YouTube)

15. Janet Jackson

1998: Janet Jackson surprised Rosie O’Donnell by dropping by her talk show and bringing her tickets to her show. Rosie freaked out. Janet also brought CDs and t-shirts for the entire audience. (Photo: AP)

16. Alicia Keys

2002: Alicia Keys took home five Grammys at the 44th Grammy Awards: Best New Artist, Song of the Year & Record of the Year and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for ‘Fallin’ on this day. (Photo: AP)