Richard Spikes (1878 - 1963) was the first person to hold a patent for an automatic gear shift for cars in 1932.
Model, Darine Stern (1947 – 1994) , became the first black woman on the cover of Playboy in 1971.
Singer and entertainer, Sammy Davis Jr. (1925 – 1990) became the first black man to land the cover of GQ in 1967.
Model, Naomi Sims (1948 – 2009), was the first black woman on the cover of Ladies Home Journal in 1968.
Elbert Frank Cox (1895-1969) was the first black person to receive a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Cornell in 1925.