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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. The First Negro Baseball League

The First Negro Baseball League

1886: The First Negro Baseball League ‘Southern League of Colored Base Ballists’ was founded on this day.

2. Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson

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

3. Emile Griffith,

Emile Griffith,

1938: Former boxing Champ, Emile Griffith, was born on this day. He was the first fighter from the U.S. Virgin Islands ever to become a world champion.

4. Dennis Edwards

Dennis Edwards

1943: R&B Singer and on of The Temptation’s lead singers, Dennis Edwards, was born on this day in Birmingham, Al.

5. Charles W. David, Coast Guard

Charles W. David, Coast Guard

1943: Charles W. David, a Coast Guard mess attendant died on this day of exposure after plunging repeatedly in the freezing sea to rescue mostly white survivors of the Dorchester. In 1999, The Immortal Chaplains Prize for Humanity was presented in honor of Charles W. David. (Photo: AA Registry)

6. Autherine J. Lucy

Autherine J. Lucy

1956: Autherine J. Lucy became the first African American student to attend the University of Alabama on this day. However, soon after her arrival, a mob of angry segregationists would cause uproar over her admittance, and the school would suspend Lucy on grounds that it could not provide a safe environment for her.

7. Marlon Riggs

Marlon Riggs

1957: Filmmaker, artist, activist and tenured professor in the Graduate School of Journalism, Marlon Riggs, was born on this day. He was known for making insightful and controversial documentary films confronting racism and homophobia. He passed away in 1994. (Photo: Tumblr)

8. Otis Redding

Otis Redding

1968: Otis Redding’s ‘(Sitting on) The Dock of the Bay’ charted on this day, rising to #1 R&B (three weeks) and #1 Pop (four weeks). the posthumously-issued 45 sold more than a million copies and reached #3 in England. (Photo: YouTube)

9. Sam & Dave

Sam & Dave

1968: Sam & Dave charted with ‘I Thank You’ on this day and reached #4 on the R&B chart and #9 on the Pop chart. It was their seventh Top 10 hit in two years. (Photo: YouTube)

10. The Supremes

The Supremes

1968: The Supremes were so popular in England that a recorded performance of them in a London club the month before was aired on this day as a Britist TV Special called ‘The Supremes Live at the Talk of the Town’ (Photo: YouTube)

11. 1989: Tennis pro Lori McNeil defeated Chris Evert in the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo on this day. (Photo: Tumblr)

1989: Tennis pro Lori McNeil defeated Chris Evert in the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo on this day. (Photo: Tumblr)

12. B.B. King

B.B. King

1996: B.B. King guest-starred on an episode of ‘Touched By An Angel’ on this day. (Photo: BAW)

13. Al Jarreau

Al Jarreau

1996: Al Jarreau guest-starred on an episode of ‘Touched By An Angel’ on this day. (Photo: YouTube)

14. Tony Williams

Tony Williams

1997: Jazz Drummer Tony Williams passed away on this day. (Photo: Tumblr)

15. Lamont Hawkins aka Fat Pat

Lamont Hawkins aka Fat Pat

1998: Southern Rapper Fat Pat (born Lamont Hawkins) was fatally shot on this day in Houston, Tx. (Photo: Tumblr)

16. Martin Bashir & Michael Jackson

Martin Bashir & Michael Jackson

2003: The exclusive documentary ‘Living With Michael Jackson’ (interviewed by Martin Bashir) aired on UK television on this day.

17. Warren Kimbro

Warren Kimbro

2009: Former Black Panther, Warren Kimbro, after serving four years in prison went on to earn a Harvard Degree and became a respected community leader passed away on this day in New Haven, CT.

18. 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. She joked that for next year (2014) she would feature all men for the annual special with rapper Common already in mind. Can’t wait to see! (Photo: BAW)

19. Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean

2013:Frank Ocean announced that he would not pursue criminal charges against Chris Brown with whom he had an altercation a few days earlier. Ocean had tweeted that he ‘got jumped by Chris and a couple guys’ and then a follow up Tweet stating he wants peace instead of criminal charges or a civil lawsuit.