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.
1. Bessie Smith
1923: Bessie Smith made her first recording ‘Down Hearted Blues’ on this day. It sold 800,000. (Photo: Tumblr)
2. Wilt Chamberlain
1972: Wilt Chamberlain becomes the 1st NBA player to score 30,000 points (in 940 games). (Photo: Tumblr)
3. Magic Johnson
1992: The LA Lakers retired Magic Johnson’s #32 uniform. (Photo: Tumblr)
4. Jordan Davis Birthday
1995: The 17-year-old was killed in 2012 while sitting in a vehicle with his friends outside a Jacksonville, Fl. convenience store, listening to music.
5. O.J. Simpson Heisman Trophy
1999: O.J. Simpson’s 1968 Heisman Trophy was sold for $230,000 to help settle a $33.5 million civil judgement against Simpson for the deaths of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. (Photo: Tumblr)