Today in History: The Pen is born in 1943

Today in History: The Pen is born in 1943

76 years ago today, in 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 World Milk Day

Today is World Milk Day

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Today in History: Otto Baumberger born in 1889

Today in History: Otto Baumberger born in 1889
130 years ago today, noted Swiss painter and poster artist Otto Baumberger was born in Zurich. Baumberger produced some 200 posters of great quality and style and is one of the main representatives of the Swiss Sachplakat (object poster).

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Today in History: Josef Müller-Brockmann born in 1914

Today in History: Josef Müller-Brockmann born in 1914

Josef Müller-Brockmann studied architecture, design, and history of art at the Kunstgewerbeschule and the University in Zurich. At the age of 22, he opened his own studio with a focus on graphic design, exhibition design, and photography. His objective design practices led to the breakthrough of the “Swiss Style” during the 1950s. In 1958, Müller-Brockmann became the founder and co-editor (until 1965) of the journal Neue Grafik (New Graphic Design), spreading the principles of Swiss Design internationally. Müller-Brockmann never allowed his designs to be influenced by trends or styles but followed his own aesthetics and ethics. His posters provided numerous institutions and companies with a convincing graphic appearance and became a model in their quality. Müller-Brockmann passed away on August 30, 1996 in Zurich.

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Peter Tchaikovsky born in 1840

Today in History: Peter Tchaikovsky born in 1840
Today is the birthday of Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky who is famous for many masterpieces such as “The Nutcracker” and “Swan Lake.” The classical music great would turn 179 years old if he were still alive today.

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Today in History: James Brown born in 1933

86 years ago today, James Joseph Brown (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006), was born in Barnwell, South Carolina. The singer and songwriter was a major musical figure of 20th-century music and dance. Brown is often referred to as the “Godfather of Soul,” “Soul Brother #1, “Mr. Dynamite,” or “Sex Machine.” His career lasted over 50 years.

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