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March 20, 1885

On March 20, 1885, Jan Matzeliger of Lynn, Massachusetts patented the shoe lacing machine. He’d previously patented a machine that manufactured shoes, putting thousands of gnomes out of business. When Quamorra Leathertack of the International Brotherhood of Gnomist Machinists and … Continue reading

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March 19, 1883

On March 19, 1883, Jan Matzeliger of Lynn, Massachusetts invented the first machine that manufactured entire shoes. This invention did two things. First, it made shoes much more affordable for the common man. Second, it put shoe making gnomes right … Continue reading

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January 27, 1926

On January 27, 1926, Scottish inventor, John Baird, demonstrated his pictorial transmission machine, which he also called a television. He said the picture only came in black, white, and grey and he wanted to know “why ye needed any more … Continue reading

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December 12, 1955

On December 12, 1955, British engineer Christopher Cockerell patented the first hovercraft. It is not true that he named the first hovercraft “A Légpárnásom Tele Van Angolnákkal”.

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December 6, 1877

On December 6, 1877, inventor Thomas Edison demonstrated the first gramophone for the public, with a recording of himself reciting Mary Had a Little Lamb. It was later shown that if you played it backwards, it said, “Won og ot … Continue reading

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November 14, 1856

On November 14, 1856, American inventor Gail Borden was issued a patent for the technology related to his invention of condensed milk. He said the hardest part was shrinking the cows down to the correct size because it was a … Continue reading

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September 18, 1971

On September 18, 1971, Momofuku Ando marketed the first Cup Noodle (Instant Ramen) and packaged it in a waterproof polystyrene container. Poor college students worldwide went “meh”, but bought them anyway because they were so cheap.

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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.

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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 2, 1791

On August 2, 1791, Americans Samuel Briggs and his son, Samuel Briggs, Jr., received a joint patent for their nail-making machine. They were the first father-son pair to receive an American patent. They really nailed it for the father-son contribution … Continue reading

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