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Today is Wednesday, February 20th, the 51st day of the year. There are 314

Sidney Poitier

Sidney Poitier

days remaining until the end of the year.

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES  American Heart Month,

Black History Month, National Children’s Dental Health Month,

National Cherry Month, Great American Pie Month, National

Grapefruit Month, National Weddings Month, International

Flirting Week, Cherry Pie Day, Love Your Pet Day

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley

Sidney Poitier, 92, 1st African American actor to win an Oscar for Best Actor

Charles Barkley, 56, Hall of Fame basketball player/sports analyst

Broderick Thomas, 52, football player

Stephon Marbury, 42, basketball player

Fred Jackson, 38, football player

Rihanna, 31, singer

Rihanna

Rihanna

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

Angelina Grimke, (b. 1805), reformer/abolitionist/politician/lawyer (d. 1879)

Nancy Wilson, 82, jazz singer

DEATHS

Frederick Douglass, 1895, anti-slavery leader (b. 1818)

ON THIS DATE IN…

1864 – The 54th Massachusetts fights in the  Civil War battle of Olustee, Florida.

1900 – J.F. Pickering patents his airship invention.

Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

1944 – Batman & Robin comic strip premieres in newspapers.

1952 – 1st black umpire in organized baseball certified (Emmett Ashford)

1960 – Jimi Hendrix, rock and roll guitarist, plays his first gig.

1963 – Willie Mays (SF Giants) signs a record $100,000 per year contract.

1968 – State troopers used tear gas to stop demonstration at Alcorn A & M.

1991 – 33rd Grammy Awards: Another Day in Paradise, Mariah Carey.

1997 – SF Giants Barry Bonds signs record $22.9M 2 year contract.

HOROSCOPE

Being a Pisces born on February 20th, your intuition and selflessness are amongst your most defining qualities. You are very aware of your emotions and those of others, which explains how you seem to notice when someone is upset before anyone else. Your friends and family would be the first to admit that you “just know” when they are feeling down, but they would also say that you are the first one to offer support. You are truly selfless in the fact that you will always put the needs of other before your own. In some cases, this translates into extreme circumstances, but you are just as likely to put things on hold to lend a supportive shoulder or ear.

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Today is Tuesday, February 19th,  the 50th day of the year. There are 315

Smokey Robinson

Smokey Robinson

days remaining until the end of the year.

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES  American Heart Month,

Black History Month, National Children’s Dental Health Month,

National Cherry Month, Great American Pie Month, National

Grapefruit Month, National Weddings Month, International

Flirting Week, Chinese New Years, National Chocolate Mint

Seal

Seal

Day

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Smokey Robinson. 78, legendary singer/songwriter (The Miracles)

Dave “Smoke” Stewart, 62, baseball player

Leslie David Baker, 61, actor

Seal, 56, singer/songwriter

Prince Markie Dee, 53, rapper (Fat Boys)

W.E.B. DuBois

W.E.B. DuBois

Cynthia Bailey, 51, reality star

Sanya Richards, 34, runner

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

Bobby Rogers, 79, singer (The Miracles) (d. 2013)

DEATHS

Ollie Matson, 2011, Hall of Fame football player (b. 1930)

Kenya Moore

Kenya Moore

ON THIS DATE IN…

1913 – 1st prize inserted into a Cracker Jack box.

1919 – Pan-African Congress, organized by W.E.B. DuBois.

1987 – Less than a month after re-signing, A’s pitcher Vida Blue retires.

1993 – Kenya Moore, 22, (Michigan), crowned 42nd Miss USA.

HOROSCOPE

As a Pisces born on February 19th, your personality is defined by a selfless, intuitive and romantic nature. When it comes to your loved ones, there is little you would not sacrifice. Your friends and family can recall numerous times that you placed their interests and well-being far above your own. Your generosity is paired nicely with strong intuition. At times, it seems like you understand how someone else is feeling before they know themselves! A natural romantic, you often spend time in the realm of love and beauty.

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Today is Monday, February 18th, the 49th day of the year. There are 316

Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison

days remaining until the end of the year.

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES  American Heart Day,

Black History Month, National Cherry Month, National

Children’s Dental Health Month, Great American Pie Month.

National Grapefruit Month, National Weddings Month,

International Flirting Week, National Battery Day, President’s Day

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Dr. Dre

Dr. Dre

Toni Morrison, 88, novelist

Randy Crawford, 67, singer (Street Life)

Dr. Dre, 54, rapper/record producer

Tracey Edmonds, 52, film/television producer

George Teague, 48, football player

Chanda Rubin, 43, tennis player

Jason Maxiell, 35, basketball player

Tracey Edmonds

Tracey Edmonds

Tamina Pollack-Paris, 30, dancer

Le’Veon Bell, 27, football player

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

DEATHS

Damon Harris, 2013, singer  (Temptations) (b. 1953)

ON THIS DATE IN…

Roots: The Next Generation

Roots: The Next Generation

1688 – Quakers conduct 1st formal protest of slavery in Germantown, Pa.

1979 – Miniseries “Roots: Next Generations” premieres on ABC TV.

1986 – San Antonio’s Alvin Robertson scores NBA 2nd quadruple double-20 pts,

11 rebounds, 10 assists & 10 steals.

1998 – Two white separatists are arrested in Nevada and accused of plotting a

biological attack on New York City subways.

HOROSCOPE

Being an Aquarius born on February 18th, you are well known for your impulsive, yet charming nature. You tend to get bored easily and as a result, you have taken on a variety of interests and hobbies. In all aspects of life, you are spontaneous and passionate. While these qualities are intriguing to others, it is your charm that makes you hard to resist. With innate warmth, sociability and mystery, you have earned a long list of admirers!

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Today is Sunday, February 17th,  the 48th day of the year. There are 317

Jim Brown

Jim Brown

days remaining until the end of the year.

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES  American Heart Month,

Black History Month, National Children’s Dental Health Month,

Great American Pie Month, National Cherry Month, National

Grapefruit Month, National Weddings Month, International

Flirting Week, Random Act of Kindness Day

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan

Jim Brown, 83, Hall of Fame football legend

Mary Frances Berry, 81, educator/head (US Commission on Civil Rights)

Michael Jordan, 56, Hall of Fame basketball legend

Chanté Moore, 52, singer

Bryan Cox, 51, football player

Levon Kirkland, 50, football player

William Floyd, 47, football player

Chante' Moore

Chante’ Moore

Wish Bone, 44, rapper

Al Harrington, 38, basketball player

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

Huey Newton, 77, Black Panther leader (d. 1989)

DEATHS

Thelonious Monk, 1982, jazz pianist/composer (b. 1918)

Khalid Abdul Muhammed, 2001, Nation of Islam spokesman (b. 1948)

Ja Rule

Ja Rule

ON THIS DATE IN…

1941 – Joe Louis KOs Gus Dorazio in 2 for heavyweight boxing title.

1964 – U.S. House of Representatives accept Law on the civil rights.

2002 – ‘Always On Time’ by R&B artist Ja Rule featuring Ashanti starts a

two-week run at No.1 on the U.S. singles chart.

HOROSCOPE

As an Aquarius born on February 17th, your personality is characterized by a romanticism, impulsiveness, and charm. A romantic at heart, above all, you enjoy giving and receiving love. As a result of this quality, you have had many close relationships, but your impulsiveness makes it easy for you to fall in and out of love. Socially, you display the same warmth and passion. Your innate charm and mystery has earned you many admirers. You would be surprised to know that even your closest friends still find you a bit mysterious.

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Today is Saturday, February 16th,  is the 47th day of the year. There are 318

James Ingram

James Ingram

days remaining until the end of the year.

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES  American Heart Month,

Black History Month, National Children’s Dental Health Month,

Great American Pie Month, National Cherry Month, National

Grapefruit Month, National Weddings Month, International

Flirting Week

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

Austin “Ted” Taylor, 85, singer (Be Ever Wonderful)

LeVar Burton, 62, actor (Roots, Star Trek Next Generation)

Herb Williams, 61, basketball player/coach

Ice-T, 61, rapper/actor

Jerome Bettis, 47, football player

Ahman Green, 42, football player

Ice-T

Ice-T

Lupe Fiasco, 36, singer

Hasheem Thabeet, 31, basketball player

Jenniffer Hardwick, 28, reality star

Micah Williams, 26, actor

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

James Ingram, 67, singer (Just Once)

DEATHS

ON THIS DATE IN…

1874 – Frederick Douglass elected president of Freedom’s Bank

Bessie Smith

Bessie Smith

& Trust Company.

1923 – Bessie Smith makes her first recording, “Down Hearted Blues” which

sells 800,000 copies for Columbia Records.

1951 – NYC passes bill prohibiting racism in city-assisted housing.

1970 – Joe Frazier TKOs Jimmy Ellis in 5 for heavyweight boxing title.

1972 – Wilt Chamberlain hit 30,000 point mark during a game with

Phoenix Suns.

1985 – Livingston Bramble defeats Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini to win WBA

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Chiwetel Ejiofor

champ.

1992 – LA Lakers retire Magic Johnson’s #32 uniform.

1999 – O.J. Simpson’s 1968 Heisman Trophy is sold for $230,000 to help

settle a $33.5 million civil judgement against Simpson for the deaths of

his ex-wife and her friend.

2014 – 67th British Academy Film Awards: 12 Years a Slave, Chiwetel

Ejiofor, & Cate Blanchett win.

HOROSCOPE

Being an Aquarius born on February 16th, your personality is characterized by innate charm and impulsiveness. Throughout your life, you have noticed people seem to gravitate to your personality. While your warmth and friendliness does play a role, you may be surprised to realize that many people are drawn to your mystery. Your impulsive nature may play a role in your enigma persona, as you are always exploring new interests and situations. At times, you are even blown away by your spontaneous, fast-paced way of living!

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Today is Friday, February 15th,  the 46th day of the year. There are 319

Omarosa Manigault

Omarosa Manigault

days remaining until the end of the year.

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES  American Heart Month,

Black History Month, National Cherry Month, National

Children’s Dental Health Month, Great American Pie Month,

National Weddings Month, National Grapefruit Month,

Singles Awareness Day, Susan B. Anthony Day!

Nat King Cole

Nat King Cole

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Brian Holland, 78, pianist/producer (Holland/Dozier/Holland)

Darrell Green, 59, football player

Edgar Bennett, 50, football player

Bryan Birdnman Williams, 49, rapper

Omarosa Manigault, 45, reality star

Amber Riley, 32, actress

Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington

Cordell Broadus, 22, football player (son of Snoop Dogg)

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

DEATHS

Josephine Beall Bruce, 1923, (b. 1854)

Nat King Cole, 1965, singer (b. 1916)

Avon Long, 1984, dancer/actor (Roots: Next Generation) (b. 1911)

Leon Spinks

Leon Spinks

Tiger Haynes, 1994, actor (Cosby Show) (b. 1915)

ON THIS DATE IN…

1851 – Black abolitionists invade Boston courtroom rescuing a fugitive slave.

1941 – Duke Ellington 1st records “Take the A Train”.

1956 – Pirates & KC A’s cancel an exhibition game in Birmingham Alabama,

because of local ordinance barring Blacks from playing against Whites.

1978 – Leon Spinks beats Muhammad Ali in 15 for heavyweight boxing title.

YouTube

YouTube

1979 – 21st Grammy Awards: Just the Way You Are, Taste of Honey wins.

1992 – Jeffrey Dahmer found sane & guilty of killing 15 boys.

1999 – 7th ESPY Awards: Mark McGwire, Chamique Holdsclaw win.

2005 – YouTube, the popular Internet site on which videos may be shared

and viewed by others, is launched in the United States.

HOROSCOPE

As an Aquarius born on February 15th, your impulsiveness may be as well known as your charm. In all aspects of life, you take to your interests with passion and spontaneity. This quality has led you to have a wide range of hobbies, relationships and experiences. While your impulsiveness is interesting to those around you, it is your charm that really wins them over. You have always noticed your ability to gain admirers and friends, which is no surprise when your mystery, warmth and sociability are considered.

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Today is Thursday, February 14th, the 45th day of the year. There are 320

Maceo Parker

Maceo Parker

days remaining until the end of the year.

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES  American Heart Month,

Black History Month, National Children’s Dental Health Month,

National Cherry Month, Great American Pie Month, National

Grapefruit Month, National Weddings Month, Ferris Wheel Day,

National Organ Donor Day, Today is Valentine’s Day!

Jadeveon Clowney

Jadeveon Clowney

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Maceo Parker, 76, tenor saxophonist

Howard Davis Jr., 63, singer

Jessie Tuggle, 54, football player

Lonnie Johnson, 48, football player

Tyus Edney, 46, basketball player

Danai Gurira, 42, actress

Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

Dwele, 41, singer

Ashton Jeffrey, 28, football player

Jadeveon Clowney, 25, football player

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

Richard Allen, (b. 1760), founder A.M.E. Church (d. 1831)

Frederick Douglass, (b. 1818), abolitionist/lecturer/editor (d. 1895)

Gregory Hines, 72, actor/dancer (d. 2003)

Gregory Hines

Gregory Hines

Steve McNair, 44, football player (d. 2009)

DEATHS

St. Valentine, 270, marking Valentines Day (b. unknown)

ON THIS DATE IN…

1867 – Morehouse College organizes (Augusta Georgia).

1936 – National Negro Congress organizes in Chicago.

1951 – Sugar Ray Robinson defeats Jake LaMotta & takes middleweight title.

Clyde Drexler

Clyde Drexler

1957 – Georgia Senate unanimously approves Sen. Leon Butts’ bill barring

blacks from playing baseball with whites.

1966 – Wilt Chamberlain breaks NBA career scoring record at 20,884 points.

1967 – Aretha Franklin records “Respect”.

1994 – 2nd ESPY Awards: Barry Bonds, Julie Krone win.

1995 – The Portland Trail Blazers trade Clyde Drexler to the Houston Rockets,

who end up winning the 1995 NBA Championship.

HOROSCOPE

Being an Aquarius born on February 14th, your personality is defined by charm, romanticism and impulsiveness. With your warmth and mystery,it may be an understatement to simply say you are charming. Throughout your life you have noticed that people cannot help but to gravitate to your personality. While you are always social, you are also a natural romantic. There are few things you enjoy more than the feeling of giving and receiving love. In all aspects of life, you find excitement by being impulsive and spontaneous.

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Today is Wednesday, February 13th,  the 44th day of the year. There are 321

Randy Moss

Randy Moss

days remaining until the end of the year.

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES American Heart Month,

Black History Month, National Children’s Dental Health,

National Cherry Month, Great American Pie Month, National

Grapefruit Month, National Weddings Month, Blame Someone

Else Day, Get a Different Name Day

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Michael Jackson Jr.

Michael Jackson Jr.

Freedom Williams, 53, singer (C&C Music Factory)

Charlie Garner, 47, football player

Randy Moss, 42, football player

Michael Turner, 36, football player

Aqib Talib, 32, football player

Aston Merrygold, 30, singer

Michael Jackson Jr., 22, son of Michael Jackson

Eddie Robinson

Eddie Robinson

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

Absalom Jones, (b. 1746), 1st Black protestant minister (d. 1818)

Eddie Robinson, 98, winningest college football coach (Grambling) (d. 2007)

King Floyd, 72, rocker (d. 2006)

DEATHS

Henry Highland Garnet, 1882, diplomat (b. 1816)

Freddie Solomon, 2012, football player (b. 1953)

Barbie

Barbie

ON THIS DATE IN…

1861 – Abraham Lincoln declared president in Washington D.C.

1920 – National Negro Baseball League organizes.

1923 – 1st Black pro Basketball team, “Renaissance,” organizes.

1957 – Southern Christian Leadership Conference organizes in New Orleans.

1959 – Barbie doll goes on sale.

1970 – Joseph L. Searles becomes the first African American member of the

Esperenza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding

New York Stock Exchange.

1974 – James ‘Cool Papa’ Bell is named to baseball’s Hall of Fame.

1989 – Oklahoma football player Charles Thompson is charged with selling

cocaine; he is later sentenced to 2 years in prison

1996 – Rapper Tupac Shakur releases his 4th studio album ‘All Eyez on Me’.

2011 – 53rd Grammy Awards: Need You Now, Esperanza Spalding wins.

HOROSCOPE 

As an Aquarius born on February 13th, your personality is characterized by impulsiveness and charm. Your friends and family would be the first to point out your spontaneous nature. As a result of this quality, you have a wide range of interests and hobbies. Socially, you display a special brand of charm and mystery that has earned you many admirers. You would be surprised to know how many of your friends are still trying to solve discover your inner self!

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Today is Tuesday, February 12th,  the 43rd day of the year. There are 322

Michael McDonald

Michael McDonald

days remaining until the end of the year.

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVATIONS  American Heart Month,

Black History Month, National Cherry Month, National Children’s

Dental Health Month, National Grapefruit Month, National

Weddings Month, Plum Pudding Day

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Bill Russell, 85, Hall of Fame basketball legend

Arsenio Hall

Arsenio Hall

Michael McDonald, 67, singer/keyboardist

Arsenio Hall, 64, TV show host/comedian

Chet Lemon, 64, baseball player

Ed Lover, 56, radio personality

Lamar Thomas, 49, football player

Lincoln Kennedy, 48, football player

Gary Leroi Gray, 32, actor

Robert Griffin III

Robert Griffin III

Demarco Murray, 31, football player

Robert Griffin, III, 29, football player

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

Abraham Lincoln, 210, 16th U.S. President (d. 1865)

DEATHS

Isaac Burns Murphy, 1896, jockey (b. 1861)

Eubie Blake, 1983, ragtime-composer/pianist (b. 1887)

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, 2000, singer/musician (b. 1929)

ON THIS DATE IN…

1793 – 1st U.S. fugitive slave law passed; requires return of escaped slaves.

1865 – Henry Highland Garnet, is 1st black to speak in U.S. House of

Representatives.

1909 – National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

(NAACP) forms.

1927 – Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy founded.

Marion Jones

Marion Jones

1948 – 1st Lt Nancy Leftenant becomes 1st black in army nursing corps.

1962 – Bus boycott starts in Macon, Georgia.

1987 – Survivors of a black man murdered by KKK members awarded

$7 M damages.

1999 – U.S. President Bill Clinton acquitted by the Senate in his impeachment

trial.

2001 – 9th ESPY Awards: Tiger Woods, Marion Jones win.

HOROSCOPE

 Being an Aquarius born on February 12th, your charm, impulsiveness and romantic nature define your personality. You have always noticed that people seem to gravitate to your unique charm and warmth, which explains for your wide range of friends and admirers. In all aspects of your life, you display passion, albeit of the impulsive variety. As a result, you have a long list of interests and hobbies. You take the same spontaneous nature to your romantic relationships, as you can quickly fall in and out of love.

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Today is Monday, February 11th,  the 42nd day of the year. There are 323

Brandy

Brandy

days remaining until the end of the year.

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES  American Heart Month,

Black History Month, Great American Pie Month, National

Cherry Month, National Children’s Dental Health Month,

National Grapefruit Month, National Weddings Month,

Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day, Make A Friend Day, White

T-Shirt Day

Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Otis Clay, 77, singer

D’Angelo, 45, singer

Jacque Vaughn, 44, basketball player/coach

Isaiah Mustafa, 45, actor

Tony Battie, 43, basketball player

Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston

Brandy, 40, singer

Kelly Rowland, 38, singer

Jazz Raycole, 31, singer

Ben McLemore, 26, basketball player

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

John Mills, 130, singer (Mills Brothers)

Leon Haywood, 77, singer

DEATHS

Whitney Young Jr., 1971, National Urban League director (b. 1921)

James "Buster" Douglas

James “Buster” Douglas

Whitney Houston, 2012, singer/actress (b. 1963)

ON THIS DATE IN…

1644 – 1st Black legal protest in America by 11 Blacks who petitioned for

freedom in New York.

1790 – Society of Friends petitions Congress for abolition of slavery.

1861 – U.S. House unanimously passes resolution guaranteeing noninterference

with slavery in any state.

1958 – Ruth Carol Taylor is 1st African-American woman hired as flight

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

attendant, Ithaca NY.

1966 – San Francisco Giant Willie Mays signs highest contract, $130,000

per year.

1976 – Clifford Alexander Jr confirmed as 1st black U.S. Secretary of Army.

1990 – James “Buster” Douglas KOs Mike Tyson in 10 to win heavyweight

boxing crown.

1990 – Nelson Mandela released after 27 years imprisonment in South Africa.

1992 – Michael Johnson runs indoor world record 400m (44.97 sec).

HOROSCOPE 

As an Aquarius born on February 11th, your impulsiveness and charm defines your personality. You have a wide variety of interests and hobbies and that is a result of many spontaneous passions. As a result of your innate charm, your impulsiveness has most likely led you to have a variety of passionate relationships. Throughout your life, you have noticed that people seem to gravitate towards your warmth and mystery. It may be surprising to find, that you have many friends that still struggle to understand your true self.

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