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. 30, 1933

Singer Cissy Houston was born on Sept. 30, 1933, in Newark, New Jersey.

This Day in Black History: Sept. 28, 1991

Jazz great Miles Davis dies at age 65 on Sept. 28, 1991.

This Day in Black History: Sept. 27, 1936

Don Cornelius was born on Sept. 27, 1936, in Chicago.

This Day in Black History: Sept. 26, 1981

Tennis superstar Serena Williams was born on Sept. 26, 1981 in Saginaw, Michigan.

This Day in Black History: Sept. 25, 1968

Actor and rapper Will Smith was born on Sept. 25, 1968, in Philadelphia.

This Day in Black History: Sept. 24, 1957

President Dwight D. Eisenhower orders federal troops to escort nine Black students, nicknamed the "Little Rock Nine," into the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Sept. 24, 1957.
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