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Comedian Bert Williams Dies

1922 – Bert Williams–a Leading Comedian
At the turn of the century Bert Williams was one of America’s stop comedians. Comedian Eddie Cantor called him a comic “genius,” W.C. Fields, a comic genius himself, once described Williams as “the funniest man I ever saw.” Williams was the first Negro to make it on the American stage. His success opened the door…

1877 – Scientist/Inventor Garrett A. Morgan born
Scientist Garrett A. Morgan was born in Paris, Kentucky. Inventor of a belt fastener for sewing machines, the gas mask, and the automatic traffic signal, he sold rights to General Electric for $40,000.