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 13: This Day in Black History  was originally published on

1. The Renaissance

The Renaissance

1923: The first Black pro Basketball team “The Renaissance” was organized on this day. (Photo: The Urban Daily)

2. Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines

Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines

1940: “Boogie Woogie on St. Louis Blues” was recorded by Earl “Fatha” Hines and his orchestra on this day. The song eventually becomes a classic and is still popular among big band fans today. He is recognized as one of jazz’s greatest pianists. (Photo: Tumblr)

3. King Floyd

King Floyd

1945: Singer and songwriter King Floyd was born on this day in New Orleans, LA. His song ‘Groove Me’ topped the charts and sold over one million copies. He received a gold disc awarded by the R.I.A.A. in December of 1970. He passed away in 2006. (Photo: Tumblr)

4. Junior Walker & the All-Stars

Junior Walker & the All-Stars

1965: Junior Walker & the All-Stars charted with ‘Shotgun’ which would eventually reach #1. While playing a benefit, Junior notices some teenagers doing a new dance called ‘the shotgun’ and that night his his motel room wrote the song to match the dance. (Photo: Tumblr)

5. Joseph L. Searles III

Joseph L. Searles III

1970: Joseph L. Searles III became the first African American floor member and broker to the New York Stock Exchange on this day. (Photo: AP)

6. James ‘Cool Papa’ Bell

James ‘Cool Papa’ Bell

1974: James “Cool Papa” Bell inducted into the baseball’s Hall of Fame on this day. By all accounts, he was the fastest human being to ever live. His quickness is legendary and he’s considered one of the best defensive center fielders of all time. He passed away in 1991. (Photo: AP)

7. Al Green

Al Green

1978: “Al Green Day” was declared in Los Angeles on this day as he performed at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Most artist given a day in their honor is usually bestowed on them by their hometown. Al was born in Forest City, AR, apparently, Los Angeles decided to adopt him. (Photo: Tumblr)

8. Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

1980: ‘Rock With You’ by Michael Jackson topped the charts on this day. (Photo: AP)

9. Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye

1983: Marvin Gaye sang the National Anthem on this day at the NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles. (Photo: Tumblr)

10. Donna Summer

Donna Summer

1984: Donna Summer’s remake of the Drifters’ 1960 hit ‘There Goes My Baby’ charted on both the R&B and Pop charts on this day.. (Photo: AP)

11. Neverland Ranch

Neverland Ranch

1988 – The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, purchased a Santa Ynez CA ranch on this day. He later named it Neverland (and it housed an amusement park, a full size movie theater, and a zoo). (Photo: AP)

12. Charles Thomas

Charles Thomas

1989: Oklahoma football player Charles Thompson was charged with selling cocaine on this day and was later sentenced to 2 years in prison. (NewsOne)

13. Monica


1999: ‘Angel of Mine’ by Monica was the Number 1 song on this day. (Photo: PR Photos)

14. Lucille Clifton

Lucille Clifton

2010: The 2000 National Book Award-winning poet and 1988 Pulitzer finalist, Lucille Clifton, and former poet laureate of Maryland passed away on this day in Maryland at age 73. (Photo: AP)