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

1. Orville ‘Hoppy’ Jones of the Ink Spots

Orville ‘Hoppy’ Jones of the Ink Spots

1902: Original member of the Ink Spots, Orville ‘Hoppy’ Jones (2nd from left) was born on this day in Chicago, IL and passed away in 1944 in New York City. (Photo: YouTube)

2. Joe Louis

Joe Louis

1941: Joe Louis knocked out Gus Dorazio in two for heavyweight boxing title. (Photo: Tumblr)

3. Wilt Chamberlain

Wilt Chamberlain

1962: Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 67 points vs St Louis. (Photo: Tumblr)

4. Civil Rights Act

Civil Rights Act

1964: US House of Reps accepted Law on the civil rights. (Photo: Tumblr)

5. Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

1968: Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield Mass, opened.

6. Ja Rule & Ashanti

Ja Rule & Ashanti

2002: ‘Always On Time’ by R&B artist Ja Rule featuring Ashanti starts a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart.

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