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 18: This Day in Black History was originally published on

1. Toni Morrision

Toni Morrision

1931: Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, editor and professor Toni Morrison was born on this day in Lorain, OH. (Photo: AP)

2. Damon Harris

Damon Harris

2013: R&B singer (and former member of The Temptations) Damon Harris passed away, aged 62. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age

of 47 and formed a non-profit to heighten awareness of prostate cancer diagnoses and treatment.