On this day Andrew J. Beard received a patent for the first automatic railroad car coupler thereby revolutionizing railroad safety.
On this day, the first Black person to ever go into outer space was born.
On this day Granville T. Woods patented the Electric Railway Conduit. This invention allowed electricity to be sent to trains in a more effective, safe and efficient manner.
On this day inventor Garrett Morgan received a patent for his invention, the three-position traffic signal.
November 9, 1731: On this day the greatest minds ever was born. Almanac author, inventor, surveyor , naturalist and farmer; Benjamin Banneker was born as a free African American in Baltimore County, Province of Maryland, British America. Benjamin Banneker was born on November 9, 1731, in Baltimore County, Maryland to Mary Banneky, a free black, and Robert, a freed slave from Guinea. There are two conflicting accounts of Banneker’s family history. Banneker himself and his earliest biographers described him as having only African ancestry. None of Banneker’s surviving papers describe a white ancestor or…