In 1861, Texas voted to secede from the Union, and Governor Sam Houston stormed out of the session in protest. In 1965, Martin Luther King Jr. and more than 700 other activists were arrested in preliminary protests of the Selma voting rights campaign. In 2003, the U.S. space shuttle Columbia broke apart minutes before it was due to land, killing its seven-member crew.
John Ford (1895-1973), film director; Clark Gable (1901-60), actor; Langston Hughes (1902-67), poet; Renata Tebaldi (1922-2004), opera singer; Boris Yeltsin (1931-2007), Russian president; Takashi Murakami (1962- ), artist; Michael C. Hall (1971- ), actor; Heather Morris (1987- ), actress; Harry Styles (1994- ), singer
In 2004, the Super Bowl halftime show sparked controversy, when singer Janet Jackson's breast was exposed during a duet with Justin Timberlake.
Before February was Black History Month, in 1926, Harvard scholar Carter G. Woodson created "Negro History Week" for the second week in February.
"Humor is laughing at what you haven't got when you ought to have it." – Langston Hughes