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 24: This Day in Black History was originally published on blackamericaweb.com

1. Rev. Ralph Abernathy, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bayard Rustin

Rev. Ralph Abernathy, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bayard Rustin

1956: The Rev. Ralph Abernathy, left, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Bayard Rustin, leaders in the racial bus boycott in Montgomery, Ala., leave the Montgomery County Courthouse on this day. (AP Photo)

2. Eddie Murray

Eddie Murray

1956: Baseball Hall of Famer, Major League Baseball first baseman and designated hitter and known as one of the most reliable and productive hitters of his era, Eddie Murray, was born on this day in Los Angeles, CA. (AP Photo)

3. Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin

1967: Martin Luther King, Jr. presented Aretha Franklin, on this day, with the Southern Christian Leadership Award at Cobo Hall in Detroit when the city declared it ‘Aretha Franklin Day.’ (Photo: AP)

4. Roberta Flack

Roberta Flack

1973: Robert Flack’s ‘Killing Me Softly with His Song’ topped the Pop Charts for the first of five weeks. (Photo: AP)

5. James Ingram

James Ingram

1982: James Ingram won a Grammy for Best Vocal R&B Performance by a Male for the song ‘One Hundred Ways’ on this day. (Photo: YouTube)

6. Quincy Jones

Quincy Jones

1982: Quincy Jones was named Producer of the Year at the 24th Grammy Awards on this day. (Photo: AP)

7. L.A. Reid and Babyface

L.A. Reid and Babyface

1993: L.A. Reid and Babyface received the Producer of the Year Award at the 35th Annual Grammy Awards on this day. (Photo: AP)

8. Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

1993: Janet Jackson presented brother Michael Jackson with the Grammy Legend Award on this day. (Photo: AP)

9. Sam Cooke

Sam Cooke

1999: Sam Cooke was honored posthumously with the NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award at the 41st Annual Grammy Awards on this day. (Photo: YouTube)

10. Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill

1999: Lauryn Hill took home five Grammy Awards for Best R&B Song, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best New Artist, Album of the Year and Best R&B Album on this day.

11. Octavia Butler

Octavia Butler

2006: Prominent female Sci-Fi Writer, Octavia Butler, died this day. She was the first African American woman to gain popularity and critical acclaim as a major science fiction writer and the first Genre author to win the MacArthur Foundations’ ‘Genius’ Grant. (Photo: Tumblr)

12. Lamar Lundy

Lamar Lundy

2007: Lamar Lundy (L) along with Los Angeles Rams teammates Merlin Olsen, Deacon Jones, and Rosey Grier formed the Fearsome Foursome defensive line that battered NFL offenses during the ’60s. He passed away on this day in Richmond, IN at age 71. (Photo: AP)

13. Damien Nash

Damien Nash

2007: Denver Broncos running back Damien Nash collapsed and died of an apparent heart attack after playing in a charity basketball game in suburban St. Louis on this day. He was only 24 years old. (Photo: AP)

14. Antoinette K-Doe

Antoinette K-Doe

2009: The widow of New Orleans musician Ernie K-Doe, Antoinette K-Doe, passed away in New Orleans on this day. She was 66 years old. (Photo: Tumblr)

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