Celebrating Black History Month – Today In Black History
Also on this day in black history:
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
- 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
- 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.
- 1986 - The U.S. Postal Service reveals stamp honoring Sojouner Truth
- 1913 - Rosa Park was born in Tuskegee, Alabama
- 1794 - France completely abolishes slavery
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 1990 - Nelson Mandela released from prison
1961 - Robert Weaver sworn in as administrator of the Housing and Home Finance Agency
- 1909 - NAACP founded
- 1956 - King of late night talk was born, Arsenio Hall
- 1970 - Joseph Searles is first black member of the NYSE (New York Stock Exchange)
- 1957 - Souther Christian Leadership Confrence founded
- 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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