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: Feb. 26, 2012

Florida teenager Trayvon Martin was shot and killed on Feb. 26, 2012.

This Day in Black History: Feb. 21, 1965

Human rights activist Malcolm X was assassinated on Feb. 21, 1965.

This Day in Black History: Feb. 10, 1990

Quincy Jones hosts an episode of Saturday Night Live.

This Day in Black History: Feb. 7, 1984

Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album is inducted into Guinness Book of World Records on Feb. 7, 1984.

This Day in Black History: Feb. 6, 1950

Singer, songwriter and performer Natalie Cole was born on February 6, 1950 in Los Angeles.

This Day in Black History: Feb. 1, 1902

Activist and novelist Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri.
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