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February 5
W. Johnson, inventor, patented the Egg Beater on this date in 1884. Patent # 292,821.

J. Herman Banning, the first black aviator to be granted a license by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the first black pilot to fly across the United States, died in a plane crash on this date in 1933. Banning was not piloting the plane.

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