July 25, 2014              Celebrate Black History Everyday!    

"On This Date in Black History: A Calendar of Events"

This free, daily Black History facts website contains over 2,000 entries delivering Black History every day of the year searchable by date or keyword. The calendar features many major Black achievements and important dates in Black History including ideas, inventions, and leadership by Black people that have helped propel America to prominence and helped mankind world-wide.
July 25

George Boyer Vashon, the first Black to receive a Bachelor's Degree from Oberlin College, was born in Carlisle, PA, on this date in 1824.

Garrett A. Morgan, inventor of the gas mask, rescued two people and retrieved four bodies from a gas-filled tunnel in Lake Erie near Cleveland, OH, on this date in 1916.

Frank L. Gillespie founded the Liberty Life Insurance Company on this date in 1921. It later merged with two other companies to become the Supreme Life Insurance Company, one of the largest Black-owned companies in the nation.

The USS Harmon, the first warship named for a Black person (1st Class Leonard Roy Harmon), was commissioned on this date in 1943.

U.S. government officials finally admitted, on this date in 1972, that Blacks were used as guinea pigs in syphilis experiments. This egregious act is widely known as the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment.

General Colin L. Powell dedicated the Buffalo Soldier Memorial at Fort Leavenworth, KS, on this date in 1992.

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