More Black History Facts..

February 25, 2010

Hello beautifuls!

Today I will also be informing you of more Black History facts since there’s only a few days left of this month. So here we go!

Bessie Coleman was the first licensed African-American pilot in the world. She received aviation instruction in France. (1893-1926)

Otis Boykin (1920 -1982) invented electronic control devices for guided missiles, IBM computers, and the control unit for a pacemaker.

John Love invented the pencil sharpener in 1897.

Althea Gibson was the first African-American tennis player to compete in the U.S. Championships in 1950 and at Wimbledon in 1951. In 1957 she won the women’s singles and doubles at Wimbledon in 1957, which was celebrated by a ticker tape parade when she returned home to New York City. (1927 – 2003)

Frederick Jones (1892 – 1961) held over 60 patents with most of them pertaining to refrigeration. His portable air conditioner was used in World War II to preserve medicine and blood serum.

Charles Henry Turner (1867 – 1923), a zoologist and educator, was the first person to discover that insects can hear.

Deford Bailey (1899 – 1982) was a “wizard” at playing the harmonica and was most notable for mimicking the sound of locomotives. He was the first African-American to perform at the Grand Ole Opry and one of the first African-American stars of country music.

C.B. Brooks invented the street sweeper in 1896. It was a truck equipped with brooms.

Even though Black History month is coming to an end, I hope you all will continue to take interest in the history of African-Americans and if  you are not African-American, take more effort to learn about your peoples history. Thank you!

Again, this information came from http://www.biography.com/blackhistory/history/101-facts-inventions.jsp

Happy Black History month =]

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