Category Archives: 19th Century

Historical Facts from 1801 to 1900 CE

September 12, 1873

On September 12, 1873, the first practical typewriter was sold by the Remington Company to customers. Before this model with a QWERTY keyboard was sold, only the impractical models were for sale. Close Bookmark and Share This Page Save to Browser … Continue reading

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August 31, 1888

On August 31, 1888, the police of London, England found the body of Mary Ann Nichols, the first confirmed kill of Jack the Ripper. The world’s current fascination with serial killers was born this day.

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August 23, 1858

On August 23, 1858, the play “Ten Nights in a Barroom” opened at the National Theater in New York City. It told the story of Sam, an ex-cricket player from Ireland who bought the bar and renamed it “What’s It … Continue reading

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August 21, 1841

On August 21, 1841, the first US patent for a venetian blind was issued to John Hampson of New Orleans, Louisiana, thereby making it much easier to spy on the antics of your neighbors from the comfort of your own … Continue reading

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August 19, 1839

On August 19, 1839, the details of Louis Daguerre’s first practical photographic process were released in Paris, France. Nonsurprisingly, one of the last steps of the process was to mail any nude photographs to Mr. Daguerre, so he could be … Continue reading

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August 13, 1889

On August 13, 1889, William Gray of Connecticut was issued a patent for a coin-operated telephone. For teenagers today, a payphone was a telephone in a public place where you could put coins in it to call your mom or … Continue reading

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August 12, 1865

On August 12, 1865, British surgeon, Dr. Joseph Lister used a disinfectant for the first time during surgery. Not only did he use carbolic acid to sterilize the patient’s wound, but he also used it to sterilize his surgical equipment, … Continue reading

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August 11, 1874

On August 11, 1874, Harry S. Parmelee received a patent for the sprinkler head and started Americans on the path to getting showers instead of baths. Twenty-five years later, Dr. Harvey Kellogg denounced the detachable shower-head and pronounced that it … Continue reading

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August 8, 1894

On August 8, 1894, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and his brother, Will Keith Kellogg accidentally invented Corn Flakes. They found that the new invention was a welcome addition to the vegetarian diet of Dr. Kellogg’s patients at Battle Creek Sanitarium. … Continue reading

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August 7, 1858

On August 7, 1858, the first Australian rules football game was played between Melbourne Grammar and Scotch College. While on paper, this looks to be unfair, a bunch of college boys playing against a grammar school. It’s Australia. Both were … Continue reading

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