These giants of science, the law, music, electronics, and the Super Soaker helped make the world what it is today. We have a lot to thank them for.
Supreme Court Judge Thurgood Marshall Was A Handful
Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993), the first African-American Supreme Court judge was quite mischievous as a child. As a punishment, he once had to write copies of the Constitution as a punishment. He later said that was what piqued his interest in law!
To The Moon And Back
John Christian, an Air Force Materials Research Engineer, invented and patented lubricants that were used in astronaut’s backpack life support systems, the “moon buggy,” and helicopters. Mr. Christian was born in 1927 and is still living today!
The Super Soaker Master
Lonnie G. Johnson (born 1949) is a rocket scientist. But, his most celebrated invention (at least among kids) is the [Super Soaker] gun. When he’s not busy playing with his giant water gun, he’s developing mechanical and electrical systems for NASA rockets. Johnson has been credited with more than 40 patents.
What A Wonderful World
Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong (1900-1971) was one of the most influential artists of all time. His trumpet style is still imitated today. Two of his international hits are “Hello Dolly” and “What A Wonderful World.”
The Real McCoy
Have you ever heard of the saying, “The Real McCoy?” Elijah McCoy (1843-1929) invented a device to allow trains and other machines to be lubricated when running. Eventually, there were many imitations, but consumers insisted on “The Real McCoy.” (Mr. McCoy also invented the sprinkler!)
A Master Of Electronics
Otis Boykin (1920-1982) created over (28) different electronic devices. His inventions are used in everything from home computers to television sets to guided missiles.
Baseball Lovers Love Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson (1919-1972) had to be strong on and off the field. He often had bottles and insults hurled at him. But, he persevered and became Rookie of the Year, and in his second season, League MVP!
Stop At The Stoplight
The stoplight was invented by Garrett Morgan (1877-1982). He also created the gas mask. Thanks to Mr. Morgan, many soldiers were able to survive the First World War.
Do You Love Peanut Butter?
If you do, you can thank George Washington Carver (1864-1943). In fact, he discovered over (400) uses for peanuts, sweet potatoes, pecans, and soybeans!
Banking Your Blood
Dr. Charles Drew (1904-1950) realized that blood could be preserved. “Blood Banking” revolutionized the way doctors worked in emergency rooms, during wartime, and in remote areas.