Black History Fact Of The Day: The U.S. Virgin Islands

“In 1917, the U.S. bought the Dutch West Indies for $125 million and renamed them the U.S. Virgin Islands. WWI was underway, and Uncle Sam wanted the islands as a naval base to protect the strategically important Panama Canal. The U.S. government assigned the administration of the islands to the Department of the Navy.” -From, […]

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Black History Fact Of The Day: How Many MLK Jr. Streets Are In The U.S.?

According to National Geographic, there are at least 955 streets named after Martin Luther King Jr. in the United States. Other countries such as Germany, Haiti, and France also have street named after Martin Luther King Jr. Tweet

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Black History Fact Of The Day: The Winnie Mandela Communication Ban

Winnie Mandela “was one of some 150 people the [South African] government prohibited from leaving their towns, speaking to the press, and talking to more than two people at a time.” – Source: National Geographic, April 2018 Tweet

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Black History Fact Of The Day: Dr. Earl Shaw

Dr. Earl Shaw is the co-inventor of a laser device that helps provide radiation to cancer patients. Tweet

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Black History Fact Of The Day: Benjamin Banneker’s Grandfather

Via his African grandfather, Benjamin Banneker had a royal lineage. Benjamin Banneker’s grandfather, Bannaky, came to America on a slave ship. In addition to his regal lineage, Bannaky also had an extensive knowledge of agriculture. This included building irrigation systems that prevented flooding. Bannaky also planted crops composed of foods he had grown in Africa […]

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Black History Fact Of The Day: Computerized Blood Pressure Device

Dr. Michael Croslin created a computerized blood pressure device. Tweet

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Black History Fact Of The Day: The Multistage Rocket

Adolph Shamms invented a multistage rocket. A multistage rocket is a rocket that has two or more rockets stacked on top of each other, or attached next to each other. Tweet

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Black History Fact Of The Day: The Floppy Disc

John P. Moon invented the floppy disc for computers. Tweet

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Black History Fact Of The Day

William Harwell invented the space shuttle retrieval arm. He also helped to develop methods for solving the problem of what to do when water infiltrates a spacesuit helmet. Tweet

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Black History Fact Of The Day: The Gridiron

On March 26, 1845, Joseph Hawkins received a patent for a gridiron that included a trough to catch fats and liquids from meat while it is cooking. This helps to prevent smoke generation while cooking. Tweet

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