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

1. Hattie McDaniel

Hattie McDaniel

1940: Actress Hattie McDaniel was the first African-American to win an Academy Award. She won the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role of Mammy in Gone with the Wind on this day. (1940 was a leap year and the Academy Awards were held on February 29th) (Photo: NewsOne)

2. Charles Gayle

Charles Gayle

1939: Tenor saxophonist and gifted baritone player, pianist, bass clarinetist and viola player, Charles Gayle, was born in Buffalo, NY. (AP Photo)

3. Anne Brown & Todd Duncan

Anne Brown & Todd Duncan

1943: “Porgy and Bess” opened on Broadway with Anne Brown and Todd Duncan in the starring roles. (Photo: YouTube)

4. Wilt Chamberlain

Wilt Chamberlain

1967: NBA great Wilt Chamberlain sinks NBA record 35th consecutive field goal on this day. (Photo: Pinterest)

5. Tasha Smith

Tasha Smith

1971: Actress Tasha Smith was born on this day in Camden, New Jersey. (Retna)

6. Mike Rucker

Mike Rucker

1975: Former NFL defensive end, Mike Rucker was born on this day in St. Joseph, MO. (AP Photo)

7. Ja Rule

Ja Rule

1976: Rapper, singer and actor Ja Rule was born on February 29th in Queens, NY. (Photo: AP)

8. Natalie Cole

Natalie Cole

1976: Natalie Cole took home Grammy Awards for ‘Best New Artist’ and ‘Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female’ for the song ‘This Will Be’ on this day at the 18th Annual Grammy Awards Show. (Photo: AP)

9. Calvin Murphy

Calvin Murphy

1981: NBA Hall of Famer Calvin Murphy (Houston), sets NBA record with 78 consecutive free throws. (Photo: Tumblr)

10. Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

1984: Michael Jackson won an amazing eight awards at the 26th Grammy Awards show: Best R&B Vocal, Male for ‘Billie Jean’, Best R&B Song (Songwriter) for ‘Billie Jean’, Best Rock Vocal, Male for ‘Beat It’, Producer of the Year (Non-Classical), Best Pop Vocal, Male for ‘Thriller, Best Video Album for ‘Thriller, Best Recording for Children (Quincy Jones (Producer) & Michael Jackson for ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’, Record of the Year ‘Beat It’, Album of the Year for ‘Thriller’ on this day. (Photo: Tumblr)

11. Cornel Gunter

Cornel Gunter

1990: The Coasters lead singer and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Cornel Gunter was fatally shot in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo: Tumblr)

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