Black History Month

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Feb. 28: Michael Jackson Wins 8 GRAMMYs in 3 Hours

On Feb. 28, 1984, Michael Jackson won an astounding eight GRAMMY Awards for his best-selling album Thriller.


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Feb. 27: Anthony Bowen Opens First YMCA Chapter for African-Americans in D.C.

On Feb. 27, 1853, Anthony Bowen founded the first YMCA chapter for African- Americans in Washington, D.C.


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Lauryn Williams Makes History: Wins Medals in Both Summer & Winter Olympics

Lauryn Williams became the first American woman to win a medal in both the Winter and Summer Olympics.


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Feb. 26: Fats Domino, R&B Pianist, Was Born in New Orleans

On Feb. 26, 1928, Antoine “Fats” Domino was born in New Orleans, La.


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Feb. 25: Muhammad Ali Defeated Sonny Liston for Championship

Every day during the month of February, WPGC will feature an important moment in Black history.  These daily vignettes are read by local children in the District and surrounding areas. On Feb. 25, 1964, Muhammad Ali […]


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Feb. 24: Rebecca Lee Crumpler is the First Black Woman to Earn a Medical Degree

On Feb. 24, 1864, Rebecca Lee Crumpler became the first African-American woman to earn a medical degree.


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Feb 23: Frank E. Petersen Becomes the First Black Marine Corps General

On Feb. 23, 1979, Frank E. Petersen was named the first African-American general in the United States Marine Corps.


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Feb. 22: DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince Win First Rap GRAMMY

On Feb. 22, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince win the first-ever Hip-Hop/Rap GRAMMY.


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Feb. 21: Malcolm X Is Assassinated at the Audobon Ballroom.

On Feb. 21, 1965, Malcolm X was assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City.


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Feb. 20: Actor Sidney Poitier is Born in Miami

On Feb. 20, 1924, Sidney Poitier, the first African-American to win Best Actor at the Oscars, was born.



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