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. Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson

1903: Jack Johnson became the first African American heavyweight Champion on this day. (Photo: NewsOne)

2. Emmitt Smith

Emmitt Smith

2005: Emmitt Smith announced his retirement as NFL’s all-time leading rusher and called his 15-year career a tremendous ride.

3. Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

2013: Maya Angelou’s annual special for Black History featured Oprah, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, Regina Taylor & diplomat Kofi Annan as the only male guest. She joked that for next year (2014) she would feature all men for the annual special with rapper Common already in mind. Can’t wait to see! (Photo: BAW)

4. Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean

2013: Frank Ocean announced that he would not pursue criminal charges against Chris Brown with whom he had an altercation a few days earlier. Ocean had tweeted that he ‘got jumped by Chris and a couple guys’ and then a follow up Tweet stating he wants peace instead of criminal charges or a civil lawsuit.

5. Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne

2013: Lil Wayne admitted that he had not watched American Idol while Nicki Minaj was on the panel or EVER watched it before for that matter. He said one reason being was when he talk to Nicki, she’s always tells him, ‘You don’t wanna watch that, you’re not going to be into it,’” he said.

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