Today is National Lobster Day

Today is National Lobster Day

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Today is National Ice Cream Day

Today is National Ice Cream Day

National Ice Cream Day was established under President Ronald Reagan in 1984 and is observed each year on the 3rd Sunday in July as part of National Ice Cream Month. Could there be any better national day? Ice cream supposedly originated thousands of years ago in the Persian Empire when people would put snow in a bowl, pour the juices of grapes over it and eat it as a treat during the hot season. Dig in and enjoy your favorite flavor(s) !

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Today is National Sewing Machine Day

Today is National Sewing Machine Day
National Sewing Machine Day honors the invention of the sewing machine. It is hard to imagine having to sew things together by hand, stitch by stitch. Skilled cabinet-maker and English inventor, Thomas Saint, received the first patent for a design of a sewing machine in 1790. It was meant for leather and canvas, was never advertised and no evidence of it, other than his drawings, could be found. In 1874, William Newton Wilson found Saint’s drawings in the London Patent Office, made adjustments and built a working model. This model is currently owned by the London Science Museum.Industrial use of the sewing machine reduced the burden that was placed upon housewives, moving clothing production from them and seamstresses to large-scale factories. This also resulted in a decrease in production time which caused the price of clothing to drop considerably.

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Today in History: The World’s First Auto Race in 1895

Today in History: The World’s First Auto Race in 1895

123 years ago today, Emile Levassor became the winner of arguably the world’s first official automobile race from Paris to Bordeaux and back. After 732-miles, Levassor crossed the finish line in Paris in his Panhard et Levassor car in just under 49 hours with an average speed of 15 miles per hour – an impressive achievement at the time. Other motor events had taken place prior to 1895 but they were not considered “official races” but “motoring exhibitions” that included limited competitions. Panhard et Levassor became a major force in the developing French auto industry. The success of the Paris-Bordeau-Paris race prompted the creation of the Automobile Club de France. The organization promoted future motor sports events that would eventually grow into the Grand Prix motor racing and Formula One.

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Today in History: The Pen

Today in History: The Pen

75 years ago today, 1943, Hungarian-born László Biró received the first patent for the pen. Biró was a journalist who was frustrated with the use of the fountain pen: it took too much time to refill the ink and there seemed to be no way to avoid ink smudges. Biró noticed newspaper inks seemed to dry more quickly, thus rendering the paper stain free, and so he set out to design a pen using the same type of ink. He filed a British patent in 1938 and continued to develop and improve the pen’s design together with his brother György and their friend Juan Jorge Meynin. A new patent for the improved pen was filed in 1943: it was the first real ballpoint pen as we know it today. The pen became an immediate bestseller in the United States after World War II where it was first introduced in the fall of 1945 at a New York department store. Despite its high price of $9, some 10,000 pens were sold within the first week

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Today in History: Persil – A Small Revolution in the Laundry World

Today in History: Persil – A Small Revolution in the Laundry World

Around 1900, housewives would not dare dream of laundry magic. Washing clothes was not only hard work. The process of soaking, cooking, rubbing the laundry on the wooden washboard, rinsing, sun-bleaching and drying could take days! Enter Fritz Henkel from Germany and his invention of the first “self-activated” laundry detergent. The manufacturer had developed a method to add a bleaching agent to its detergent base and thereby saving hard labor and time during the laundry chore. The chemical washing process essentially eliminated both the commonly loathed work of the washboard and the chore of sun-bleaching. A small revolution in the laundry world.

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Today is National Cognac Day

Today is National Cognac Day

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