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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 4: This Day in Black History  was originally published on

1. Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks

1913: “The Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement”, Rosa Parks, was born on this day in Tuskegee, Alabama. She was the first African American woman to trigger the largest and most successful mass movement against racial segregation in all of history when she refused to give up her bus seat for a white man in 1955. She passed away in 2005.

2. Florence LaRue

Florence LaRue

1944: Actress, humanitarian and Grammy Award-winning singer Florence LaRue of The 5th Dimension was born on this day in Plainfield, NJ. (Photo: Retna)

3. Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson

1952: Jackie Robinson became the first African American executive of a major TV Station after accepting the position of Director of Communications for NBC on this day.

4. Lawrence Taylor

Lawrence Taylor

1959: Hall of Fame former NFL player Lawrence Taylor was born on this day in Williamsburg, VA.

5. Diana Ross

Diana Ross

1971: Singer and actress Diana Ross guest starred on Danny Thomas’ ‘Make Room for Granddaddy’ TV show on this day.

6. Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth

1986: The U.S. Postal Service’s Black Heritage USA series honored Sojourner Truth on this day. (Photo: Tumblr)

7. New Edition

New Edition

1989: ‘Can You Stand the Rain’ by New Edition was the number 1 R&B song on this day. (Photo: YouTube)

8. Nkosi Johnson

Nkosi Johnson

1989: Child Aids activist, spokesperson & Icon for the Struggle of Life, Nkosi Johnson, was born on this day in South Africa. He was born with HIV and died at the age of 12 in 2001.

9. J.C. Watts

J.C. Watts

1997: J.C. Watts was the first African American to give the Republic Response to a Presidential State of the Union Address on this day. (Photo: NewsOne)

10. O.J. Simpson

O.J. Simpson

1997: A Civil Trial jury in Santa Monica, CA held OJ Simpson responsible for the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

11. J.J. Johnson

J.J. Johnson

2001: One of jazz’s greatest trombonists, J.J. Johnson, passed away on this day at age 77. (Photo: Youtube)

12. Ossie Davis

Ossie Davis

2005: Civil rights activist, actor and recipient of numerous awards, Ossie Davis, passed away on this day in Miami, Fl. He was 87 years old.

13. Warren Moon

Warren Moon

2006: Warren Moon became the first African American Quarterback inducted into the National Football Hall of Fame on this day.

14. Barbara McNair

Barbara McNair

2007: The beautiful pioneering singer-actress Barbara McNair passed away on this day of cancer in Los Angeles. She was 72 years old.

15. Donald Byrd

Donald Byrd

2013:Jazz fusion trumpeter Donald Byrd passed away. He was 80 years old. (Tumblr)