1760 - Richard Allen born
1817 (?) - Frederick Douglass
1867 - Morehouse College organized
1867 - New registration law in Tennessee abolished racial distinctions in voting.
1874 - Charlotta Bass born
1880 - Aida Overton Walker born
1893 - Perry Bradford born
1894 - Mary Dawson born
1912 - Ollie Harrington born
1920 - Mamie Smith records "Crazy Blues," the first blues record. It is an immediate hit with sales of 1,000,000 records
1926 - Moneta Sleet born.
1934 - Merl Saunders born
1936 - National Negro Congress organized
1937 - Magic Sam born
1943 - Maceo Parker born
1943 - Pearl Primus choreographs "African Ceremonial" at New York's 92nd Street Y.
1946 - Gregory Hines born
1951 - Sugar Ray Robinson defeats Jake LaMotta & takes middleweight title, a bout sportswriters dubbed "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre."
1957 - Georgia Senate unanimously approves Senator Leon Butts' bill barring blacks from playing baseball with whites
1957 - Martin Luther King, Jr. organizes the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
1957 - Lionel Hampton’s only major musical work, "King David," made its debut at New York’s Town Hall.
1965 - Malcolm X’s home is firebombed. No injuries are reported.
1966 - Wilt Chamberlain breaks NBA career scoring record at 20,884 points
1967 - Frederick Douglass is honored on a U.S. postage stamp.
1967 - Aretha Franklin recorded her song "Respect" in New York.
1973 - Steve McNair born
1974 - The first Double Dutch jump rope tournament is held in New York.
1991 - "Mule Bone" opens at Ethel Barrymore Theater
1992 - Cease fire in Somalia begins
1995 - National African American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID), a day for family bonding!
1996 - Prince and Mayte Garcia were married.