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2019 

On this day, February 7th in 1893, Elisha Gray (pictured above) patented the telautograph, a machine that could remotely transmit handwriting through a telegraph system.  This device was a precursor to the modern fax machine. Gray was awarded over 70 patents for his inventions, including one for ...
02/07/2019
On this day, Feb. 6th in 1815, the state of New Jersey issued the first American railroad charter to John Stevens.  At the age of 27 he was appointed the rank of Captain in Washington’s army during the War of Independence and then became Treasurer of New Jersey.  Stevens turned from law and polit...
02/06/2019
On this day, Feb. 5th in 1931, Maxine Dunlap (pictured above) became the first woman to receive a glider pilot’s license of any kind and she was only 18 years old.  Even though Dunlap was only airborne for one minute, she successfully executed two ‘S’ curves and a most important, a landing.  Maxi...
02/05/2019
On this day, Feb. 3rd, back in 1690, the first paper money (pictured below) was issued in America by the Massachusetts Bay Colony as "bills of credit" to pay for their military expedition, making it the first in the Western world. You'll notice the top wavy edge of the bill. This was hand cut wit...
02/03/2019
On this day, Feb. 2nd, in 1892, William Painter, (pictured above) inspired by the increase in carbonated drinks, patented the bottle cap, then known as the "Crown cork" bottle cap in Baltimore, Maryland. And to remove his caps, he invented the bottle opener along with a machine for crowning bottl...
02/02/2019
On this day, February 1st in 1900, the Eastman Kodak Co. introduced the $1 Brownie box camera for children. George Eastman (pictured above) dropped out of school at 14 years old to work as an office boy at an insurance company. After studying accounting in the evenings at home he landed a job as ...
02/01/2019
On this day in 1893, the trademark "Coca-Cola" was registered in the United States Patent Office.   John Stith Pemberton (pictured above) originally developed “Pemberton’s French Wine Coca” in 1866 as a painkiller made from coca wines and extracts of kola nuts. After changing the recipe and accid...
01/31/2019
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