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October 27

P. B. Downing, inventor, patented the Letter Box and Street Letter Box on this date in 1891. Patent #s 462,043 and 462,096.

Ernest E. Just, biologist and pioneer of cell division, died in Washington, DC, on this date in 1941.

Benjamin Oliver Davis, Jr. became the first black General in the U.S. Air Force on this date in 1954. President Dwight Eisenhower named him to the position. Davis also has the distinction of being the country's first black Three-Star General.

Andrew Jackson Young, Jr., former UN Ambassador, was elected mayor of Atlanta, GA, on this date in 1981.

John Oliver Killens, author of novels, And Then We Heard the Thunder and Young Blood, died on this date in 1987.

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