Black History Month Facts of the Day: Feb 19th


On every single day of Black History Month this February, we will provide you with a daily fact that occurred on the same day in a past year in history.

Today’s Black History Month facts focus on John Singleton and Smokey Robinson.

– On this day in 1919, the first Pan African Congress meeting is held

– On this day in 1940, legendary singer Smokey Robinson was born

– On this day in 1942, the Tuskegee Airmen were initiated

– On this day in 1992, director John Singleton became the first black nominated for the Academy Award for best director and best screenplay for “Boyz N The Hood.”

– On this day in 2002, Vonetta Flowers became the first black gold medalist in the Winter Olympics game, for the two person bobsled event