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Percy Julian invented the fire extinguisher, Aero-Foam. It was extensively used during World War II, and was referred to as the United States Navy's "bean soup." More »

Influential people in black history include Percy Julian, Maya Angelou, George Washington Carver and Frederick Douglass. Areas of black history that are most often celebrated are science, entertainment, education and civ... More »

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Some old-fashioned names for boys are names inspired by prominent figures, such as Albert Einstein, or by Biblical names, such as Amos, meaning "carried by God." Several old-fashioned names come from other countries, suc... More »

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