Today in History: Nescafe instant coffee introduced in 1938

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Today in History: Nescafe instant coffee introduced in 1938

Nestlé began developing a coffee brand in 1930, at the initiative of the Brazilian government, to help preserve the substantial surplus of the annual Brazilian coffee harvest. In 1938, Nestlé introduced the new soluble powdered product for the first time in Switzerland under the brand name “Nescafé” (Nestle + Cafe).

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Today in History: First Dishwasher marketed in 1889

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Today in History: First Dishwasher marketed in 1889

On this day in 1889, the first dish washing machine was marketed in Chicago, Illinois. Josephine Cochrane patented her invention in 1886. A wealthy socialite, Cochrane designed the dishwasher because she was tired of her best china being chipped by the hired help. Cochrane’s dishwasher company eventually became KitchenAid. Cochrane died in 1913 at the age of 74.

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Today is National Pencil Day

Pencil, ca. 1928

Today is #NationalPencilDay

Most pencils made in the United States are painted yellow. This tradition supposedly began in 1890 when the L & C Hardtmuth Company of Austria-Hungary introduced their Koh-I-Noor brand, named after the famous diamond. This pencil was intended to be the world’s best and most expensive pencil. Other companies then began to copy the yellow color so that their pencils would be associated with the high-quality brand. (www.nationaldaycalendar.com)

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Today in History: 3.2% Beer & Wine Sales Made Legal

Beer, ca. 1900

Today in History: 3.2% Beer & Wine Sales Made Legal

On this day in 1933, President Roosevelt signed the bill which legalized the sale of 3.2% beer and wine. Nine months before Prohibition was completely repealed, the President signed the Beer and Wine Revenue Act, fulfilling a campaign promise. Because Prohibition was still officially the law, there had to be a limit on the amount of alcohol allowed in beer. Hearings were held and the political process worked out a standard that could gather the necessary votes — 3.2 percent alcohol by weight.

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Today in History: Apartheid in South Africa comes to an end in 1992

Amnesty, South Africa, 1970s

Today in History: Apartheid in South Africa comes to an end in 1992
On this day in 1992, a referendum officially abolishes racial segregation in South Africa. 68.7% of white South Africans voted in favor of ending apartheid, supporting President de Klerk’s reform policies that had started with the liberation of Mandela in 1990.

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Today in History: Lucian Bernhard born in 1883

Lucian Bernhard, 1910

Today in History: Lucian Bernhard born in 1883

Lucian Bernhard (March 15, 1883 – May 29, 1972) was a German graphic and type designer during the first half of the twentieth century. He was influential in helping create the design style known as Plakatstil (Poster Style), which used reductive imagery and flat-color as well as Sachplakat (‘object poster’) which restricted the image to advertising simply the object and its brand name. Among his most famous works were poster designs for Stiller shoes, Manoli cigarettes, and Priester matches.

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Today is #NationalJewelDay

Billard, 1922

Today is #NationalJewelDay

National Jewel Day is observed annually on March 13, celebrating brilliant gems of all shapes, sizes, cuts, and colors. While the origins of this holiday are unknown, we can take a wild guess that a jeweler or gal came up with the idea.

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Today is National Plant A Flower Day

Del Monte Garden Show, ca. 1970

Today is National Plant A Flower Day

Spring is just around the corner, and March 12th is the day to participate in National Plant a Flower Day. Each year this day is dedicated to the planting of flowers and looking forward to the spring season. Flower gardening has become a hobby for many, young and old, and National Plant a Flower Day is a start to the new season each year.

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History: 1st telephone call ever made

Telephone, 1970s

History: 1st telephone call ever made
On this day in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, spoke the words “Mr. Watson, come here — I want to see you” to his assistant, Thomas A. Watson, who was in the next-door room. Famous first words. What would you have said?

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Today in History: Aspirin hits the world market

Pain Relief, 1930s

Today in History: Aspirin hits the world market
Aspirin is a medication used to treat pain, fever, or inflammation. A precursor to aspirin found in leaves from the willow tree has been used for its health effects for at least 2,400 years. In 1897, scientists at the Bayer company began studying acetylsalicylic acid as a less-irritating replacement medication for common salicylate medicines. By 1899, Bayer had named it “Aspirin” and sold it around the world. Aspirin’s popularity grew over the first half of the twentieth century leading to competition between many brands and formulations. Source: wikipedia.

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