On this date in 1940 Benjamin O. Davis, Sr. is named the first African American General in the United States Army.
Seen below: Benjamin O.'s son, Benjamin Oliver Davis, Jr. was the first African American General in the United States Air Force AND Commander of the World War ll Tuskegee Airman.
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty or safety. Benjamin Franklin
Did you know?
Because Ben Franklin did so many experiments with electricity, he had to make up new words including battery and conductor?
Ben was terrified of debt and spoke of forming a society called Free and Easy for individuals who were free of debt and therefore easy in spirit.
Ben organized the first volunteer fire company in 1736.
Ben invented the rocking chair.
There is a BENJAMIN Texas . . . named after Hilory H. Bedford's son Benjamin who was struck by lightning and killed.
Benjamin Franklin never fried by lightening as legend has it ... read more about it here:
A world famous BEN would be Big Ben, which people often think refers to the clock tower this bell clock is housed in. However, big Ben refers to the actual bell which likely was named after Sir Benjamin Hall who oversaw the installation of the great bell and his name is inscribed on it.