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. Whitney Houston

1994: The 21st Annual American Music Awards were held on this day and Whitney Houston was the big winner of the night, taking home eight awards. (Photo: AP)

2. Eubie Blake

1883: Composer, lyricist, and pianist of ragtime and jazz music, Eubie Blake, was born this day in Baltimore. He along with Noble Sissle created ‘Shuffle Along’ and was the first musical written and performed by African Americans. It opened on Broadway in 1921. (Photo: YouTube)

3. Carter G. Woodson

1926: The Father of Black History, Carter G. Woodson, initiated the First National Negro Week on this day. In 1972, it was renamed Black History Week and in 1976 it became Black History Month. (Photo: Tumblr)

4. Earl King

1934: Blues singer, guitarist, songwriter and composer, Earl King was born on this day in 1934. He passed away in 2003. (Photo: YouTube)

5. King Curtis

1934: King Curtis, a saxophone virtuoso known for rhythm and blues, rock and roll, soul, blues, funk and soul jazz, was born on this day in Fort Worth, TX. He passed away in 1971 in NYC. (Photo: YouTube)

6. Muhammad Ali

1964: Cassius Clay became a Muslim and changed his name to Muhammad Ali on this day. (Photo: AP)

7. Chris Rock

1966: Award winning actor, comedian, writer and director Chris Rock was born on this day in Georgetown, SC. (Photo: Retna)

8. Essence Atkins

1972: Film and television actress Essence Atkins was born on this day in New York City. (Photo: Retna)

9. Barry White’s Love Unlimited Orchestra

1974: “Love’s Theme” is an instrumental piece recorded by Barry White’s Love Unlimited Orchestra received a Gold Record on this day. It is one of the few instrumental and purely orchestral singles to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. (Photo: YouTube)

10. Blazing Saddles

1974: Blazing Saddles starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder opened in theaters on this day. (Photo: YouTube)

11. Kool & the Gang: ‘Celebration’ – number 1 song

1981: ‘Celebration’ by Kool & the Gang reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on this day and held the position for two weeks. (Photo: YouTube)

12. Michael Jackson – Thriller

1984: Michael Jackson was entered into the Guinness Book of World
Records on this day as the album ‘Thriller’ passed 25 million copies
sold. (Photo: AP)

13. Debi Thomas

1986: Debi Thomas won the senior women’s title at the U.S. Figure
Skating Championships on this day and became the first African-American to win a non-novice title. Thomas competed in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, winning the bronze and becoming the first African American to win a medal in any Winter Olympic sport. (Photo: AP)

14. Little Richard

1989: A Georgia State legislative representative introduced a bill to
make Little Richard’s ‘Tutti Fruitti’ the state’s official rock song on
this day. (Photo: AP)

15. Dr. Dre

1994: Dr. Dre won the Best Artist, Rap/Hip Hop award on this day at the American Music Awards twenty-first annual ceremonies in Los Angeles. (Photo: AP)

16. Civil Rights Leader Patricia Stephens Due

2012: Patricia Stephens Due, a leader in the civil rights movement who paid a price for her activism, including 49 days in a Florida jail in
1960. She wore dark glasses day and night because her eyes were damaged when a tear gas canister hit her in the face. She died on this day of thyroid cancer in Smyrna, Georgia at age 72. (Photo: AP)