1872 - E. McCoy patents steam engine lubricator on this date.
McCoy, E. patents Lubricator for Steam Engines on this date in 1872, Patent No. 129,843
1904 - Charles Drew, born
Dr. Charles Drew was born in Washington DC. Drew attended medical schools in Montreal, Canada. After much research and study, Drew discovered a way... Continue →
1971 - Cellular Phone Invented
Henry Sampson, an African American, invented the cellular phone.
1949 - F.M. Jones patents a/c unit
Jones, F. M. Air Conditioning Unit July 12, 1949 Patent No. 2475841
1899 - L.C. Bailey granted patent # 620,286
L.C. Bailey granted patent # 620,286 for the folding bed
1880 - Inventor, AP Abourne was awarded patent for refining coconut oil.
Inventor, AP Abourne was awarded patent for refining coconut oil, 1880
1885 - William C. Carter patents an umbrella stand
African-American inventor, William C. Carter, patented an umbrella stand (U.S. patent#323,397).
1884 - John Parker patents "Parker Pulverizer"
U.S. Patent # 304,552 September 2, 1884 "Follower-Screw for Tobacco Presses." Official Gazette of the USPTO v.28, p.883
1899 - J. Ross patents Bailing Press
Ross, J. Bailing Press Sept 05, 1899 Patent No. 632,539
1891 - Inventor, FW Leslie, patents the envelope seal, 1891
Inventor, FW Leslie, patents the envelope seal, 1891
1975 - Virgie Ammons patents fireplace damper actuator
Virgie M. Ammons of Eglon, West Virginia "Inside the fireplace chimney is a device called a "Damper". The damper is opened and closed to allow smoke... Continue →
1899 - Issac R. Johnson patents folding bicycle frame
Inventor Isaac R.Johnson patented his frame of a bicycle which can be separated or folded to store in the trunk of a car or other small places. This... Continue →
1986 - George Alcorn patents fabrication of spectrometer
Patent # 4,618,380 George E. Alcorn (Reston, VA) patents method of fabricating an imaging X-ray spectrometer.
1899 - W.F. Burr patents railway switch
W.F. Burr patents Switching device Oct.31,1899 Patent # 636,197
1898 - C.W. Allen patents table (self-leveling)
C. W. Allen Self-leveling table Nov. 1, 1898 Patent No.613,436
1969 - George R. Carruthers patents Image Converter
The image converter for detecting electromagnetic radiation was patented by George R. Carruthers making him the first Black to do so.
1950 - Lydia Holmes patents wood toys
Lydia M. Holmes St. Augustine, Florida Patent No. 2,529,692 on November 14, 1950 are the plans for several easily assembled wooden pull toys... Continue →
1887 - Granville T Woods patents the Synchronous Multiplier Railway Telegraph.
Granville T Woods patents the Synchronous Multiplier Railway Telgrap.
1933 - S.H. Love patents improved vending machine
S.H. Love patents improved vending machine, Patent No.1936515.
1950 - F.M. Jones patents 2-cycle engine
Jones, F. M. Two-Cycle gasoline Engine Nov. 28, 1950 Patent No. 2523273
2001 - First Abiocor recipient dies
Robert Tools, the first recipient of the Abiocor artificial heart, dies of multiple organ failure after suffering a stroke several days earlier.
1883 - William A Hinton, developer of the Hinton test for diagnosing syphilis, is born
William A Hinton, developer of the Hinton test for diagnosing syphilis, is born
1919 - Alice H Parker patents the gas heating furnace
Alice H Parker patents the gas heating furnace.
1943 - George Washington Carver Day
January 5 is George Washington Carver Day in honor of the brilliant agricultural chemist who died on this day in 1943. Nicknamed "the Peanut Man" and... Continue →
1890 - W.B. Purvis patented the fountain pen
W.B. Purvis patented the fountain pen
1897 - Ice Cream Scooper Invented
Alfred L. Cralle invented the ice cram scooper, patent #576,395
1973 - Wm. Desjardin patents corner cleaner attachment
Gertrude E. Downing and William Desjardin Corner Cleaner Attachment, Patent No. 3,715,772 on February 13, 1973
1896 - H. Grenon patents razor stropping device
Grenon, H. Razor Stropping Device Feb. 18, 1896 Patent No. 554,867
1961 - Otis Boykin patents the Electrical Resistor
Otis Boykin, Inventor, patented the Electrical Resistor. U.S. 2,972,726 He is responsible for inventing the electrical device used in all guided... Continue →
1883 - Hand Stamp Patented
Walter B. Purvis patented hand stamp.
1932 - Automatic Gear Shift
Richard Spikes invented/patented automatic gear shift.
1886 - Guitar patented
Robert F. Flemming, Jr. patents a guitar.
1794 - Eli Whitney patented cotton gin
Eli Whitney patented cotton gin which made cotton king and increased demand for slave labor.
1872 - Thomas J.Martin is awarded a patent for the fire extinguisher.
Thomas J. Martin is awarded a patent for the fire extinguisher.
1883 - H.H. Reynolds patents Ventilator for rail car
Reynolds, H. H. Window Ventilator for Railroad Cars Apr. 03, 1883 Patent No.275,271
1898 - J.A. Joyce patents ore bucket
Joyce, J. A. Ore Bucket Apr. 26, 1898 Patent No. 603,143
1766 - Abolitionist, inventor, entrepreneur, James Forten was born on this date.
Abolitionist, inventor, entrepreneur, James Forten was born in Philadelphia, PA, 1766 on this date.
1923 - George Washington Carver of Tuskegee Institute received the Spingarn Medal.
On this date in 1923, George Washington Carver of Tuskegee Institute received the Spingarn Medal, the NAACP's highest award, for distinguished... Continue →
1848 - Inventor and engineer, Louis Latimer was born on this date.
On this date in 1848, Inventor and engineer, Louis Latimer was born.
1881 - Louis Howard Latimer patents his electric lamp with a carbon filament.
On this date in 1881, Louis Howard Latimer patents his electric lamp with a carbon filament.
1852 - Inventor Jan E. Matzeliger born
On this date in 1852, Inventor Jan E. Matzeliger was born in Dutch Guyana and immigrated to the US in 1878. He patented a shoe lasting machine in... Continue →
1884 - Judy W. Reed patents dough kneader and roller
On this dated in 1884, Judy W. Reed patents dough kneader and roller, Patent No. 305,474
1731 - Inventor Benajamin Banneker was born.
On this date in 1731, Almanac author, astronomer, surveyor, naturalist, farmer, and inventor of the first clock in America Benjamin Banneker was born... Continue →
1923 - Garret T. Morgan patents the traffic signal.
On this date in 1923, the U.S. Patent Office grants Garret T. Morgan Patent No. 14755024 for his three-position traffic signal. Although, Morgan’s... Continue →
1894 - G.W. Murray patents fertilizer distributor
On this day in 1894, G.W. Murray patents Fertilizer Distributor Patent No. 520,889
1894 - G.W. Murray patents cotton chopper
On this day in 1894, G.W. Murray patents Cotton Chopper, Patent No. 520,888.
1894 - G.W. Murray patents Planter
On thus day in 1894, G.W. Murray patents Planter, Patent No. 520,887
1895 - Riding Saddle
On this date in 1895, W.D. Davis patented an improved riding saddle. Davis invented his saddle while serving as a buffalo soldier, African American... Continue →
1890 - Humphrey H. Reynolds patents safety gate for bridge
On this date in 1890, Humphrey H. Reynolds, patents Safety Gate for Bridges, Patent No. 437,937
1888 - Obadiah.B. Clare patents rail trestle
ON this date in 1888, Obadiah. B. Clare, patents Trestle, Patent# 390,753
1806 - Mathematician Benjamin Banneker dies.
On this date in 1806, Mathematician Benjamin Banneker (74) dies, in Ellicott's Mills, Maryland.
1898 - Shampoo Headrest patented.
ON this date in 1898, C.O. Bailiff patented the shampoo headrest. Patent #US612008 A
1887 - Elevator and Safety Devices Invented
On this date in 1887, the elevator as well as safety devices for elevators where invented by Alexander Miles, Patent # 371,207
1914 - Garrett T Morgan patents the gas mask, Patent #US1113675 A
O this date in 1914, Garrett T Morgan patents the gas mask. Patent #US1113675 A
1834 - Harry Blair patents his corn-planting machine.
On this date in 1834, Harry Blair patents his corn-planting machine. The planter resembled a wheelbarrow, with a compartment to hold the seed and... Continue →
1980 - Valerie Thomas invents the illusion transmitter
On this date in 1980, Valerie Thomas invented the illusion transmitter. Patent #US4229761.
1915 - Attorney James L. Curtis named minister of Liberia
On this date in 1915, Attorney James L. Curtis named minister of Liberia.
1892 - Lincoln .F. Brown patents bridle bit
On this date in 1892, Lincoln F. Brown patents Bridle bit. Patent No. 484,994
1806 - Benjamin Banneker, inventor and scientist, dies
On this dated in 1806, Benjamin Banneker, inventor and scientist, dies at the age of 74. In 1753, he borrowed a pocket watch from a well-to-do... Continue →
1891 - P.B. downing patents Street Letter Drop Box
On this date in 1891, P. B. Downing's Street Letter Mail Box patented. Patent No. 462,096 and a patent #462,093 for the mailbox (letterbox).
1898 - C.W. Allen patents table (self-leveling)
ON this date in 1898, C. W. Allen Self-leveling table. Patent No.613,436
1896 - J.H. Hunter patents portable weighing scales
On this date in 1896, J. H. Hunter Portable Weighing Scales. Patent No. 570,533
1879 - T Elkins puts patents on the refrigerating apparatus.
On this date in 1879, T. Elkins puts patents on the refrigerating apparatus. U.S. patent #221,222
1928 - Marjorie Joyner--patent for hair wave machine
On this date in 1928, Marjorie Joyner was issued a patent for a permanent wave machine which could wave the hair of both white and Black people. U.S.... Continue →
2001 - First Abiocor artificial heart recipient dies
On this date in 2001, Robert Tools, the first recipient of the Abiocor artificial heart, dies of multiple organ failure after suffering a stroke... Continue →
1875 - Biscuit Cutter patented
On this date in 1875, A.P. Ashbourne patents biscuit cutter. US Patent #US170460 A
1874 - T.J. Byrd patents rail car coupling
On this date in 1874, T.J. Byrd patents Car couplings. Patent# 157,370
1969 - M.V.B. Brown patents home security system
In 1969 Marie V. Brittan Brown designed a "Home Security System with Television Surveillance" for the homeowner to view the visitor on a television... Continue →
1884 - Granville T. Woods patents improved telephone transmitter.
On this date in 1884, Granville T. Woods patented his first electric device, an improved telephone transmitter.
1922 - Ralph Gardner born.
On this date in 1922, Ralph Gardner was born on this day in Cleveland, Ohio. He was a pioneer chemist whose research into plastics led to the... Continue →
1897 - C.V. Rickey patents Fire Escape bracket
On this date in 1897, C. V. Rickey, patents Fire Escape Bracket, Patent No. 596,427