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August 19, 1791

On this date:
Benjamin Banneker ~ publishes his first Almanac (Category : People)
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Benjamin Banneker
Benjamin Banneker was born on a farm near Baltimore, Maryland, in 1731. He was the son of a freed mother and a slave father. As he grew older, he showed a keen interest in building mechanical devices, even building the first wooden clock in America.

Banneker developed a reputation in fields as diverse as astronomy, geology, physics, mathematics, and surveying. The latter led Thomas Jefferson to recommended him for a position on the commission to survey and plan Washington, D.C.

He also published seven yearly almanacs, for which is possibly best known.

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