In this week’s Historical Perspective, we highlight Mr. Billy Eckstine. Mr. Eckstine was a pop singer and bandleader during the swing era. He was born William Clarence Eckstine, July 8th, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His song, (released in 1948), “I Apologize” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFVFkVyQGNQ, was given the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. Eckstine was from a biracial background.

July 5 – Andrew Beard is issued a patent for the rotary engine, 1892

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July 7 – Lisa Leslie, WNBA star, born 1972

July 8 – Billy Eckstine, jazz singer, born, 1914

July 9 – Dr. Daniel Hale Williams performs first successful surgery without anesthesia at Provident Hospital in Chicago, 1893

July 10 – Arthur Ashe, first African-American to win the Men’s Singles Title at both the U.S. Open and at Wimbledon, born, 1943. Mary McLeod Bethune, educator, born, 1875

July 11 – Top ranking women’s tennis star, Serena Williams, wins 21st title with Wimbledon win, 2015