This Day in Black History

This Day in Black History highlights historical events and groundbreaking achievements of African-Americans. Each day, BET.com presents a new historical fact and provides context for how these individuals and events influenced change. From the heroes of the Underground Railroad to the civil rights movement to the election of the country's first Black president, look back at how African-Americans have impacted the world.

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This Day in Black History: Sept. 14, 1973

Rapper Nas was born on Sept. 14, 1973.

This Day in Black History: Sept. 15, 1963

On Sept. 15, 1963, four Black girls, Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Denise McNair, were killed in the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, after a member of the Ku Klux Klan detonated a bomb.

This Day in Black History: Sept. 16, 1925

On Sept. 16, 1925, legendary blues musician Riley “B.B.” King was born on a cotton plantation in Itta Bena, Mississippi.

This Day in Black History: Sept. 13, 1996

Rapper Tupac Shakur died of gunshot wounds on Sept. 13, 1996 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This Day in Black History: Sept. 12, 1944

Two-time Grammy Award winner Barry White was born on Sept. 12, 1944.

This Day in Black History: Sept. 11, 1999

Serena Williams became the second African-American woman to win the U.S. Open title on Sept. 11, 1999.
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