This Day in Black History

This Day in Black History highlights historical events and groundbreaking achievements of African-Americans. Each day, BET.com presents a new historical fact and provides context for how these individuals and events influenced change. From the heroes of the Underground Railroad to the civil rights movement to the election of the country's first Black president, look back at how African-Americans have impacted the world.

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This Day in Black History: Sept. 18, 1951

World-renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson was born on Sept. 18, 1951.

This Day in Black History: Sept. 15, 1963

On Sept. 15, 1963, four Black girls, Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Denise McNair, were killed in the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, after a member of the Ku Klux Klan detonated a bomb.

This Day in Black History: Sept. 14, 1973

Rapper Nas was born on Sept. 14, 1973.

This Day in Black History: Sept. 16, 1925

On Sept. 16, 1925, legendary blues musician Riley “B.B.” King was born on a cotton plantation in Itta Bena, Mississippi.

This Day in Black History: Sept. 17, 1983

At age 20, Vanessa Williams became the first Black woman to be crowned Miss America when she won the title on Sept. 17, 1983.

This Day in Black History: Sept. 13, 1996

Rapper Tupac Shakur died of gunshot wounds on Sept. 13, 1996 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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