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 17: This Day in Black History was originally published on

1. Orville ‘Hoppy’ Jones of the Ink Spots

Orville ‘Hoppy’ Jones of the Ink Spots

1902: Original member of the Ink Spots, Orville ‘Hoppy’ Jones (2nd from left) was born on this day in Chicago, IL and passed away in 1944 in New York City. (Photo: YouTube)

2. Bobby Lewis

Bobby Lewis

1933: R&B and Rock & Roll singer Bobby Lewis was born on this day in Indianapolis, IN. His recording of Tossin’& Turnin’ was No. 1 in 1961 and sold over a million copies. (Photo: YouTube)

3. Jim Brown

Jim Brown

1936: NFL Hall of Famer, activist and actor Jim Brown was born on this day on St. Simons Island, GA. (Photo: AP)

4. Joe Louis

Joe Louis

1941: Joe Louis knocked out Gus Dorazio in two for heavyweight boxing title.(Photo: Tumblr)

5. Huey Newton

Huey Newton

1942: Activist and co-founder of the Black Panthers Huey Newton was born on this day in Monroe, LA. He was fatally shot in August of 1989. (Photo: NewsOne)

6. Little Richard

Little Richard

1958: Little Richard’s ‘Good Golly Miss Molly’ charted on this day. (Photo: Tumblr)

7. Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry

1958: Chuck Berry’s ‘Sweet Little 16’ charted on this day and made its way to #2 on the Pop Chart. (Photo: AP)

8. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

1960: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. arrested and indicted for tax fraud in Alabama in Atlanta, Georgia on this day. It was the first time Alabama had ever prosecuted someone for perjury on a tax return. Testimony began May 25, and on May 28, an all-white jury returned a not guilty verdict clearing Dr. King of the charges. (Photo: AP)

9. Brook Benton

Brook Benton

1961: Brook Benton headlined at the Apollo Theater on this day. Newcomer Aretha Franklin was the opening act. (Photo: YouTube)

10. Gene Chandler

Gene Chandler

1962: Gene Chandler started a three week run at No. 1 with the song ‘Duke of Earl’ on this day. (Photo: YouTube)

11. Wilt Chamberlain

Wilt Chamberlain

1962: Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 67 points vs St Louis. (Photo: Tumblr)

12. Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan

1963: Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan was born on this day in Brooklyn, NY and considered one of the most successful, popular, and wealthy athletes in college, Olympic, and professional sports history. (Photo: AP)

13. Civil Rights Act

Civil Rights Act

1964: US House of Reps accepted Law on the civil rights. (Photo: Tumblr)

14. Chante Moore

Chante Moore

1967: R&B, Jazz, gospel and soul singer & songwriter Chante Moore was born on this day in San Francisco, CA. (PR Photos)

15. Ronnie DeVoe

Ronnie DeVoe

1967: New Edition member Ronnie DeVoe was born on this day in Roxbury, MA. (Photo: Tumblr)

16. Diana Ross & the Supremes

Diana Ross & the Supremes

1968: Diana Ross & the Supremes ‘Greatest Hits’ started a three week run at Number 1. (Photo: Tumblr)

17. Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

1968: Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield Mass, opened.

18. Al Harrington

Al Harrington

1980: NBA player Al Harrington was born on this day in Orange, NJ. (Photo: AP)

19. Muddy Waters

Muddy Waters

1980: Muddy Waters won his sixth Grammy Award for ‘Best Ethnic & Traditional Recording’ on this day. (Tumblr)

20. Thelonious Monk

Thelonious Monk

1982: Bop & Jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk and considered to be one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time passed away on this day. He was 65 years old. (Tumblr)

21. Ja Rule & Ashanit

Ja Rule & Ashanit

2002: ‘Always On Time’ by R&B artist Ja Rule featuring Ashanti starts a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart.

22. Dave Duerson

Dave Duerson

2011: Dave Duerson, a four-time Pro Bowl safety who played on Super Bowl winning teams with the Chicago Bears and the New York Giants, feared he suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease linked to depression, dementia, and occasionally suicide among more than a dozen deceased pro football players, and had expressed concern in recent months that he might have had the condition. He shot himself in the chest in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida on this day. He was 50 years old. (Photo: AP)