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 19: This Day in Black History was originally published on

1. Smokey Robinson

Smokey Robinson

1940: Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, composer, record producer and former record executive Smokey Robinson was born on this day in Detroit, MI. (Photo: AP)