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This Month In Black History: Important Things That Happened In January That You Never Learned

This Month In Black History: Important Things That Happened In January That You Never Learned

Happy New Year!

As we enter both a new month and year, it's imperative that we continue to brush up on those who paved the way. From birthdays to inventions, these pioneers made it possible for us to accomplish amazing things each year and, with the strength of our ancestors, 2023 will be no different! Here's a list of important things that happened in January that you never learned, courtesy of BlackFacts.com:


January 1, 1831 - William Lloyd Garrison publishes first issue of The Liberator, an abolitionist journal that was considered the most widely circulated anti-slavery newspaper during the antebellum period and throughout the Civil War

The Liberator anti-slavery  

January 13, 1850 - Charlotte E. Ray, first Black woman to practice law in the U.S., is born

January 18, 1856 - Pioneering surgeon Dr. Daniel Hale Williams is born

 

January 7, 1890 - Inventor WB Purvis receives patent for the fountain pen

January 7, 1891 - Zora Neale Hurston is born

 

January 26, 1892 - Bessie Coleman is born

 

January 4, 1911 - Charlotte E. Ray passes away

 

January 8, 1912 - African National Congress is founded

 

January 19, 1918 - Entrepreneur John H. Johnson is born

 

January 13, 1919 - Jackie Robinson is born

 

January 10, 1924 - Drummer Max Roach is born

 

January 17, 1927 - Eartha Kitt is born


January 15, 1929 - Civil rights icon Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is born

 

January 5, 1931 - Dance legend Alvin Ailey is born

January 17, 1931 - Actor James Earl Jones is born

 

January 22, 1931 - Singer Sam Cooke is born

 

January 9, 1935 - Entrepreneur Earl G. Graves is born

 

January 4, 1937 - Opera singer Grace Bumbry is born

January 25, 1939 - Singer Etta James is born

January 14, 1940 - Civil rights activist Julian Bond is born

 

January 23, 1941 - Author Richard Wright wins NAACP Spingarn Medal for “Native Son”

 

January 17, 1942 - Boxer Muhammad Ali is born

January 5, 1943 - Scientist George Washington Carver passes away

January 12, 1944 - Boxer “Smoking Joe” Frazier is born

 

January 26, 1944 - Activist Angela Davis is born

 

January 20, 1947 - Negro Leagues baseball player Josh Gibson is born

 

January 10, 1949 - Boxer and entrepreneur George Foreman is born

 

January 16, 1950 - Famed actress and dancer Debbie Allen is born

 

January 21, 1951 - Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is born

 

January 27, 1952 - Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man” wins the National Book Award

January 29, 1954 - Oprah Winfrey is born

 

January 26, 1958 - Singer Anita Baker is born

January 28, 1960 - Zora Neale Hurston passes away

 

January 27, 1961 - Opera singer Leontyne Price debuts at the Metropolitan Opera House

 

January 24, 1962 - Jackie Robinson inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

 

January 31, 1963 - James Baldwin collection of essays, The Fire Next Time, is published

 

January 2, 1964 - Professional boxer Pernell Whitaker is born

 

January 12, 1965 - Playwright Lorraine Hansberry passes away

 

January 6, 1968 - Famed director John Singleton is born

 

January 11, 1971 - The Queen of Hip Hop Soul, Mary J. Blige, is born

January 27, 1972 - Mahalia Jackson passes away 

 

January 6, 1973 - Fashion designer and style icon Misa Hylton is born

 

January 18, 1975 - The Jeffersons premieres on television

January 23, 1976 - Singer and activist Paul Robeson passes away

 

January 16, 1979 - Singer and actress Aaliyah Dana Haughton is born

January 18, 1981 - Willie O’Ree makes history as the first Black professional hockey player

 

January 31, 1988 - Doug Williams, first Black quarterback to play in Super Bowl, named MVP in Super Bowl XXII

 

January 3, 1989 - The Arsenio Hall Show premieres

 

January 6, 1993 - Musician John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie passes away

 

January 24, 1993 - Thurgood Marshall passes away

 

January 17, 1996 - Barbara Jordan, first African American elected to Texas Senate, passes away

 

January 1, 1997 - Kofi Annan becomes the first Black Secretary-General of the United Nations

 

January 13, 1999 - Michael Jordan announces his second retirement from NBA

 

 

January 6, 2003 - Civil rights activist Mamie Till Mobley passes away

 

January 1, 2005 - Shirley Chisholm passes away

 

January 19, 2006 - Singer/songwriter Wilson Pickett passes away

 

January 30, 2006 - Civil rights leader Coretta Scott King passes away

 

January 20, 2009 - Barack Obama makes history as the 44th President of the United States

 

January 13, 2010 - Teddy Pendergrass passes away

January 20, 2012 - Singer Etta James passes away

 

January 9, 2014 - Poet Amiri Baraka passes away

 

January 3, 2015 - Edward Brooke III, the first African-American popularly elected to U.S. Senate, passes away

 

January 27, 2016 - Black History Month is observed in the Netherlands as Black Achievement Month 

 

January 10, 2017 - President Barack Obama delivered his farewell address in Chicago, Illinois 

 

This month in Black History: Important things that happened in January that you never learned. Photo Courtesy of Joe Holloway/Associated Press