Today in History: 1878 Thomas Edison patents the phonograph in 1878

Today in History: 1878 Thomas Edison patents the phonograph in 1878. It was the first machine able to reproduce recorded sound.

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Today in History: Fountain Pen patented 135 years ago

Today in History: Fountain Pen patented 135 years ago

On 12 February 1884, New York insurance salesman Lewis Waterman patented a groundbreaking invention, the fountain pen. Waterman’s instrument was a winner: it did not require constant dipping into the ink well and almost eliminated any ink spills. Writing instruments that contained their own ink supply already existed in the early 18th century. Today’s oldest surviving fountain pen was designed by the Frenchman M. Bion and dates back to 1702. The first American patent for a pen was awarded in 1809 to P. Williamson, a Baltimore shoemaker. After 1850, there was a steady stream of new fountain pen patents and pens in productions. But while early fountain pens were plagued by ink leaks and other failures that left them impractical to use and difficult to sell, it was Waterman’s patent that promoted the fountain pen to a widely popular writing instrument.

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History Today: Steve Jobs debuts iPhone in 2007

History Today: Steve Jobs debuts iPhone in 2007

12 years ago today, Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone – a touchscreen mobile phone with an iPod, camera and Web-browsing capabilities,  – at the Macworld convention in San Francisco.

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Today is Polar Bear Swim Day

Today is Polar Bear Swim Day

Since 1920, a group of hardy swimmers has celebrated New Year’s Day by plunging into the frigid waters of Vancouver’s English Bay. As crazy as it sounds, the custom has spread to the United States, where chapters of the American Polar Bear Club have established themselves in a number of states known for their cold winter weather. In Sheboygan, Wisconsin, more than 300 daring swimmers—many of them in costume—brave the ice floes of Lake Michigan to take their New Year’s Day swim. About 3,000 to 4,000 spectators stay bundled up on the beach and watch. The Sheboygan event has gradually expanded into a day-long festival, with a brat-fry, a costume contest, and live entertainment. (Source: thefreedictionary.com)

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Today in History: Charlie Chaplin dies in 1977

Today in History: Charlie Chaplin dies in 1977

41 years ago today, Charlie Chaplin passed away. Sir Charles Spencer “Charlie” Chaplin was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame in the era of silent film. Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona “The Tramp” and is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the film industry. His career spanned more than 75 years, from childhood until a year before his death in 1977. Source Wikipedia.org.

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Today is the first day of winter !

Today is the first day of winter!

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Today in History: Herbert Leupin born in 1919

Today in History: Herbert Leupin born in 1919

99 years ago today, Swiss poster and advertising designer Herbert Leupin was born in Beinwil am See. Leupin studied in Basel (1932-1935) and Paris (1936-1937) before opening his own graphic design studio in 1939. He quickly emerged as one of the most important poster artists in Switzerland winning many awards in the annual “Best Swiss Posters” competition. Leupin is famous for his fresh, original and humorous illustrative style. His poster creations for Coca-Cola, Swissair, Rolex, Eptinger, and Knie – to name a few of his clients – are famous around the world. Many of his posters have become highly collectible items. Leupin created several hundred posters in his lifetime and has received important awards in Switzerland, Germany and the United States. Since 1970, he worked mainly as a painter. He passed away in 1999.

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