On this day in Black History Month

Published On: Jan 29 2014 02:24:21 PM EST
Updated On: Jan 31 2014 11:01:55 AM EST

Today in Black History.

  • February 1 - The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery, was adopted by the 38th Congress.
  • February 2- Alfred L. Cralle (September 4, 1866 – 1920) an African-American Inventor from Virginia, creates the ice cream scoop in 1897.
  • February 3 - Six time All-Star Bill White was named president of National League IN 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.
  • February 4- Rosa Parks was born on this day in 1913. was an African American civil rights activist whom the U.S. Congress dubbed the "Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement". Parks is famous for her refusal on December 1, 1955 to obey a bus driver's demand that she give up her seat to a white passenger. Her subsequent arrest and trial for this act of civil disobedience ignited the Montgomery Bus Boycott, one of the largest and most successful mass movements against racial segregation in history, and launched Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the organizers of the boycott, to the forefront of the civil rights movement.
  • February 5- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar becomes the first NBA player to score 38,000 career points.
  • February 6 - On this day in 1867, The Peabody Fund for Black education in the South established.
  • February 7- Carter G. Woodson creates Negro History Week. In 1976 it became Black History Month.
  • February 8- in 1986 Oprah Winfrey becomes the first African American woman to host a nationally syndicated talk show.
  • February 9- Bernard Harris, becomes the first  African-American astronaut to take a space walk.
  • February 10- 1964, After 10 days of debate and voting on 125 amendments, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by a vote of 290-130. The bill prohibited any state or local government or public facility from denying access to anyone because of race or ethnic origin. It further gave the U.S. Attorney General the power to bring school desegregation law suits
  • February 11- In 1990, Nelson Mandela is set free after serving a 27-year sentence for his anti-apartheid activities.
  • February 12- 105 years ago (1909) W.E.B. Du Bois, Ida B. Wells-Barnett and other activists form the NAACP in response to race riots and the practice of lynching.
  • February 13- In 2005, Ray Charles wins eight posthumous Grammy Awards for his album Genius Loves Company.
  • February 14- (1867) Morehouse College organized in Augusta, Georgia. The institution was later moved to Atlanta. New registration law in Tennessee abolished racial distinctions in voting.
  • February 15- 1968- On this day Henry Lewis becomes the first African American to lead a symphony orchestra in the United States.
  • February 16- in 1970, Joe Frazier becomes world heavyweight boxing champion.
  • February 17- 1891A. C. Richardson, a black inventor, invented the churn.
  • February 18- In 1688, the First formal protest against slavery by organized white body in English America made by Germantown (Pa.) Quakers at monthly meeting. The historic "Germantown Protest" denounced slavery and the slave trade.
  • February 19- In 2002, Vonetta Flowers became the first black gold medalist in the history of the Winter Olympic Games. She and partner Jill Brakken won the inaugural women's two-person bobsled event.
  • February 20- 1927 on this day Sidney Poitier, who will be the first Africa n American to win an Academy Award in a starring role, is born in Miami, Fl.
  • February 21-1987 Black Rebellion in Tampa, Florida. African Americans in Tampa, Florida rebelled after an African American man was killed by a white police officer while in custody.
  • February 22- 1989 DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince win the first rap Grammy for the hit single "

for the hit single "Parents Just Don't Understand."

  • February 23- 1895 William H. Heard, AME minister and educator, named minister to Liberia.
  • February 24-Rebecca Lee Crumpler becomes the first black woman to receive an M.D. degree. She graduated from the New England Female Medical College. Rebecca Lee Crumpler was born in 1833. She worked from 1852-1860 as a nurse in Massachusetts.
  • February 25-1948 Martin Luther King,Jr. Ordained a Baptist minister
  • February 26- 1966 Andrew Brimmer becomes the first African American governor of the Federal Reserve Board when he is appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson
  • February 27- Figure skater Debi Thomas becomes the first African American to win a medal (bronze) at the winter Olympic Games in 1988.
  • February 28- 1984 Musician and entertainer Michael Jackson wins eight Grammy Awards. His album, "Thriller", broke all sales records to-date, and remains one of the top-grossing albums of all time.

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