Category Archives: 19th Century

Historical Facts from 1801 to 1900 CE

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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July 23, 1885

On July 23, 1885, former President and Civil War General, Ulysses S. Grant died of throat cancer, which was caused by his heavy daily smoking of cigars and drinking cheap whiskey in non-moderation amounts. Two wars and the stress of … Continue reading

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July 15, 1834

On July 15, 1834, after 356 years, the Spanish Inquisition was officially disbanded. This was totally unexpected.

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July 14, 1868

On July 14, 1868, Alvin J. Fellows of New Haven, Connecticut, patented the spring-click tape measure. This is the one that with a push of a button will return the measuring length back into a circular case. It was recommended … Continue reading

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July 13, 1871

On July 13, 1871, Harrison Weir organized the first championship cat show, also known as a Cat Fancy. The show was held at the Crystal Palace, Sydenham, London, England. The cats were judged on several criteria, including overall catness and … Continue reading

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July 12, 1870

On July 12, 1870, William W. Lyman of Meriden, Connecticut patented the first rotating wheel can-opener. At his death on November 15, 1891, Fluffy, his large calico cat gave the eulogy. Fluffy explained how Provider of the Moist Food, which … Continue reading

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