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. Tasha Smith
1971: Actress Tasha Smith was born on this day in Camden, New Jersey.
2. Charles Gayle
1939: Tenor saxophonist and gifted baritone player, pianist, bass clarinetist and viola player, Charles Gayle, was born in Buffalo, NY. (AP Photo)
3. Hattie McDaniel
1940: Actress Hattie McDaniel was the first African-American to win an Academy Award. She won the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role of Mammy in Gone with the Wind on this day. (1940 was a leap year and the Academy Awards were held on February 29th) (Photo: NewsOne)
4. Native Son
1940: Native Son by Richard Wright was published.
5. Anne Brown & Todd Duncan
1943: “Porgy and Bess” opened on Broadway with Anne Brown and Todd Duncan in the starring roles. (Photo: YouTube)
6. Ollie Matson
1959: NFL trade: The Chicago Cardinals traded Ollie Matson to LA Rams for 9 players. When he retired in 1966, his career all-purpose yards were second only to Jim Brown. Matson was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1972.
7. Rae Dawn Chong
1961: Actress Rae Dawn Chong was born.
8. Wilt Chamberlain
1967: NBA great Wilt Chamberlain sinks NBA record 35th consecutive field goal on this day. (Photo: Pinterest)
9. Mike Rucker
1975: Former NFL defensive end, Mike Rucker was born on this day in St. Joseph, MO. (AP Photo)
10. Ja Rule
1976: Rapper, singer and actor Ja Rule was born on February 29th in Queens, NY. (Photo: AP)
11. Natalie Cole
1976: Natalie Cole took home Grammy Awards for ‘Best New Artist’ and ‘Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female’ for the song ‘This Will Be’ on this day at the 18th Annual Grammy Awards Show.
12. Calvin Murphy
1981: NBA Hall of Famer Calvin Murphy (Houston), sets NBA record with 78 consecutive free throws. (Photo: Tumblr)
13. Michael Jackson
1984: Michael Jackson won an amazing eight awards at the 26th Grammy Awards show: Best R&B Vocal, Male for ‘Billie Jean’, Best R&B Song (Songwriter) for ‘Billie Jean’, Best Rock Vocal, Male for ‘Beat It’, Producer of the Year (Non-Classical), Best Pop Vocal, Male for ‘Thriller, Best Video Album for ‘Thriller, Best Recording for Children (Quincy Jones (Producer) & Michael Jackson for ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’, Record of the Year ‘Beat It’, Album of the Year for ‘Thriller’ on this day. (Photo: Tumblr)
14. Cornell Gunter
1990: The Coasters lead singer and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Cornell Gunter was fatally shot in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo: Tumblr)