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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 21: This Day in Black History was originally published on blackamericaweb.com

1. Nina Simone

Nina Simone

1933: Born this day, Nina Simone, a singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist widely associated with jazz music. Simone aspired to become a classical pianist while working in a broad range of styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop. She passed away on April 21, 2003. (Photo: AP)

2. Robert G. Mugabe

Robert G. Mugabe

1924: The first Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, Robert G. Mugabe, was born this day. As one of the leaders of the guerrilla movements against white-minority rule, he was elected into power in 1980. He served as Prime Minister from 1980 to 1987, and as the first executive head of state since 1987. (Photo: AP)

3. Barbara Jordan

Barbara Jordan

1936: Barbara Jordan, the first African American woman to win a seat in the Texas Senate, died this day. She was 59 years old. (Photo: AP)

4. Malcolm X

Malcolm X

1965: Leader, prominent figure and charismatic spokesperson for the Nation of Islam, Malcolm X, was fatally shot on this day as he delivered a speech in Manhattan’s Audubon Ballroom. (Photo: AP)

5. Leroy Burrell

Leroy Burrell

1967: Olympic Gold Medalist Leroy Burrell, a former athlete who twice set the world record for the 100 meters sprint was born this day in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo: AP)

6. Aunjanue Ellis

Aunjanue Ellis

1969: Award winning Actress Aunjanue Ellis was born on this day in San Francisco, CA and raised on her grandmother’s farm in Mississippi. (Photo: Retna)

7. Rapper Fat Pat

Rapper Fat Pat

1970: Rapper Fat Pat, made famous by DJ Screw, was born on this day in Houston, Tx. He was fatally shot on February 3, 1998. (Photo: Tumblr)

8. The Jackson 5

The Jackson 5

1970: The Jackson 5 was on American Bandstand for the first time and performed their new hit single ‘I Want You Back’ on this day. (Photo: Tumblr)

9. Nolan Strong

Nolan Strong

1977: Nolan Strong the lead vocalist for Nolan Strong & The Diablos passed away on this day. Nolan Strong & The Diablos were a Detroit-based R&B and doo-wop vocal group best known for its hit songs “The Wind” and “Mind Over Matter.” (Photo: YouTube)

10. Jordan Peele

Jordan Peele

1979: Actor & Comedian Jordan Peele was born this day. (Photo: Tumblr)

11. Musical Ain’t Misbehavin’

Musical Ain’t Misbehavin’

1982: Award winning musical ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ closed at Longacre Theatre in New York City after 1,604 performances on this day. (Photo: Tumblr)

12. Sly Stone

Sly Stone

1983: Sly Stone was a guest on ‘Late Night with David Letterman’ and performed ‘If You Want Me to Stay’ on this day. (Photo: Tumblr)

13. Corbin Bleu

Corbin Bleu

1989: Actor, model, dance, singer & songwriter Corbin Bleu was born on this day in Brooklyn, NY. (Photo: PR Photos)

14. Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry

1990: Chuck Berry was a recipient of the Grammy Hall of Fame Award for his song ‘Roll Over Beethoven’ on this day. (Photo: AP)

15. Eva Jessye

Eva Jessye

1992: Eva Jessye, the first African American woman to receive international distinction as a professional choral conductor passed away on this day. She was 97 years old. (Photo: Tumblr)

16. Natalie Cole

Natalie Cole

1992: Natalie Cole performed at the famed Apollo Theater in NYC on this day and donated her proceeds to help save the financially strapped landmark. (Photo: AP)

17. Barry Stevens

Barry Stevens

2007: Barry Stevens, former Iowa State basketball star and briefly coach of the Gary (Ind.) Steelheads passed away on this day of a heart attack. He was only 43. (Photo: Tumblr)

18. Emmanuel ‘Manno’ Sanon

Emmanuel ‘Manno’ Sanon

2008: Emmanuel “Manno” Sanon, the only soccer player to score a World Cup goal for Haiti. Sanon became a Haitian legend in 1974 when he scored a go-ahead goal against Italy. He passed away on this day of pancreatic cancer at age 56. (Photo: AP)

19. Dwayne McDuffie

Dwayne McDuffie

2011: Writer Dwayne McDuffie behind the comic books of Marvel and DC who co-founded his own publishing company before crossing over to TV and animation. He died of complications from emergency heart surgery on this day. He was 49 years old. (Photo: Tumblr)

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