Thursday, July 31, 2008

July 31 Birthdays: John Ericsson and Flo Hyman

John Ericsson, inventor
July 31, 1803-March 8, 1889

Thank You Very Much, Captain Ericsson by Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge, illustrated by Andrew Glass (Holiday House, 2004)

Ericsson’s inventions centered on the sea. Read about his life and passion for ships in this biography. offers a Hall of Fame Inventor Profile of Ericsson.

Flo Hyman, athlete
July 31, 1954-January 24, 1986

Lives of the Athletes: Thrill, Spills (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt (Harcourt, 1997)

Hyman was an African-American volleyball player and Olympic medalist who also played professional ball in Japan.

The African American National Biography, hosted by offers a biography of Hyman online.