Also on this day in black history:

February 1

  • 1990 - Ida B. Wells was discussed with the United States Post Office for stamp creation.
  • 1978 - The U.S. Postal Service's Black Heritage USA series honored abolitionist Harriet Tubman, who is best known for her role with the Underground Railroad.
  • 1974 - Famous television show "Good Times" first aired on CBS
  • 1997 - BET holdings, and Encore Media Group formed the first ever all-black 24 hour movie channel? BET/Starz movie channel

February 2

  • 1915 - Biologist Ernest E. Just receives the Spingarn medal for his pioneering in cell division and fertilization.
  • 1897 - A. L. Cralle patented his ice cream! Ice-Cream Mold Feb. 02, 1897 Patent No.576,395
  • 1862 District of Columbia abolishes slavery
  • 1839 - Inventor Edmond Berger patented the spark plug

February 3

  • 1989 - Tennis professional Lori McNeil defeated Chris Evert in the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.
  • 1989 - Former Saint Louis Cardinals first baseman Bill White is named president of the National League. He is the first African American to head a major sports league.
  • 1965 - Geraldine McCullough, sculptor, wins the Widener Gold Medal award.

February 4

  • 1986 - The U.S. Postal Service reveals stamp honoring Sojouner Truth
  • 1913 - Rosa Park was born in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • 1794 - France completely abolishes slavery

February 5

  • 1934 - "Homerun King" Henry "Hank" Aaron was born
  • 1958 - Clifton R. Wharton was the first black to head a U.S. Embassy in Europe
  • 1990 - Barack Obama becomes first black President of Harvard Law Review

February 6

  • 1945 - Jamaican Reggae star, Bob Marley was born
  • 1870 - Jonathan Jasper Wright elected to the South Carolina Supreme Court
  • 1972 - Coach / founder of the Rens, Robert Lewis is inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame

February 7

  • 1967 - Comedian Chris Rock born in South Carolina
  • 1926 - National Negro week created by Carter G. Woodson (In 1976 becomes black history month)
  • 1945 - Irwin Molison elected U.S. Customs Court judge

February 8

  • 1986 - The Oprah Winfrey show was televised - Oprah was the first black female syndicated television show
  • 1944 - Harry S. McAlphin was the first credited African American to attend the White house Press Conference
  • 1978 - Leon Spinks defeated Muhammad Ali for heavyweight championship title
  • 1986 - Debi Thomas is first black woman to win U.S. Women's singles championship

February 9

  • 1952 - Invisible Man, novel, written by Ralph Ellison wins Nation Book Award
  • 1971 - Leon Satchel Paige inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1995 - Bernard Harris, Black astronaut takes walk on moon

February 10

  • 1927 -  Ronald Brown was elected national chairman of the Democratic Party and became the first Black to hold the post.
  • 1992 - World renowned writer, activist, Alex Haley, best known for his biopic of Roots, passes away
  • 1940 - R&B singer Roberta Flack born in North Carolina

February 11

  • 1990 - Nelson Mandela released from prison
  • 1961 - Robert Weaver sworn in as administrator of the Housing and Home Finance Agency

February 12

  • 1909 - NAACP founded
  • 1956 - King of late night talk was born, Arsenio Hall

February 13

  • 1970 - Joseph Searles is first black member of the NYSE (New York Stock Exchange)
  • 1957 - Souther Christian Leadership Confrence founded

February 14

  • 1867 - Morehouse College in Augusta, Geaorgia founded. The school was later moved to Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1936 - National Negro congress founded in Chicago
  • 1817 - The likely birthday for abolitionist Fredrick Douglass

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