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”, 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