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 28: This Day in Black History  was originally published on

1. Tasha Smith

Tasha Smith

1971: Actress Tasha Smith was born on this day in Camden, New Jersey.

2. Hattie McDaniel

Hattie McDaniel

1940: Actress Hattie McDaniel was the first African-American to win an Academy Award. She won the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role of Mammy in Gone with the Wind on this day. (1940 was a leap year and the Academy Awards were held on February 29th) (Photo: NewsOne)

3. Native Son published

Native Son published

1940: Native Son by Richard Wright was published.

4. Bubba Smith

Bubba Smith

1945: Former NFL player turned actor Bubba Smith was born. He passed away in 2011, aged 66.

5. Gilbert Gottfried

Gilbert Gottfried

1955: Stand-up comedian, actor and voice artist Gilbert Gottfried was born. He turns 59 today.

6. Adrian Dantley

Adrian Dantley

1955: NBA Hall of Famer Adrian Dantley was born. He turns 59 today.

7. Ollie Matson

Ollie Matson

1959: NFL trade: The Chicago Cardinals traded Ollie Matson to LA Rams for 9 players. When he retired in 1966, his career all-purpose yards were second only to Jim Brown. Matson was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1972.

8. Rae Dawn Chong

Rae Dawn Chong

1961: Actress Rae Dawn Chong was born. She turns 53 today.

9. Natalie Cole

Natalie Cole

1976: Natalie Cole took home Grammy Awards for ‘Best New Artist’ and ‘Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female’ for the song ‘This Will Be’ on this day at the 18th Annual Grammy Awards Show.