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.

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1. Bessie Smith

Bessie Smith

1923: Bessie Smith made her first recording ‘Down Hearted Blues’ on this day. It sold 800,000. (Photo: Tumblr)

2. Wilt Chamberlain

Wilt Chamberlain

1972: Wilt Chamberlain becomes the 1st NBA player to score 30,000 points (in 940 games). (Photo: Tumblr)

3. Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson

1992: The LA Lakers retired Magic Johnson’s #32 uniform. (Photo: Tumblr)

4. Jordan Davis Birthday

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

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)