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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.

February 3: This Day in Black History  was originally published on

1. Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson

1903: Jack Johnson became the first African American heavyweight Champion on this day. (Photo: NewsOne)

2. Emmitt Smith

Emmitt Smith

2005: Emmitt Smith announced his retirement as NFL’s all-time leading rusher and called his 15-year career a tremendous ride.

3. Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

2013: Maya Angelou’s annual special for Black History featured Oprah, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, Regina Taylor & diplomat Kofi Annan as the only male guest.