1868 Stapler patented in England by C H Gould
1872 George Westinghouse Jr patents triple air brake for trains
1956 “King Kong” 1st televised
1854 Charles Miller patents 1st US sewing machine to stitch buttonholes
1876 Alexander Graham Bell receives a patent for the telephone in the US
1790 1st US census authorized
1864 Louis Ducos du Hauron patents movie machine (never built)
1872 Yellowstone becomes world’s first national park
1869 Dmitri Mendeleev presents the first periodic table of the elements to the Russian Chemical Society
1886 1st US alternating current power plant starts, Great Barrington, Massachusetts
1899 “Aspirin” (acetylsalicylic acid) patented by Felix Hoffmann at German company Bayer
1794 Eli Whitney patents the cotton gin machine revolutionizing the cotton industry in the southern US states
1592 “Ultimate Pi day”: on this day at 6.53am is the largest correspondence between calendar dates and significant digits of pi, since the introduction of the Julian calendar (3.141592653)
1644 England grants patent for Providence Plantations (now Rhode Island)
1820 Maine admitted as 23rd state of the Union
1892 1st escalator patented by inventor Jesse W Reno (NYC)
1965 T.G.I. Friday’s 1st restaurant opens in NYC
1963 Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Bay is closed
1965 US Ranger 9 launched; takes 5,814 pictures before lunar impact
1983 Only known typo on Time Magazine cover (control=contol), all recalled