This Month in History:

1793 France becomes 1st country to use the metric system

1876 Thomas Edison is granted the patent for Autographic Printing (US Patent 180,857)

1877 Thomas Edison completes 1st model for the phonograph, a device that recorded sound onto tinfoil cylinders

1843 Charles Thurber patents a typewriter

1856 Anthony Fass patents accordion

1893 Henry Perky patents a machine for the preparation of cereals for food, otherwise known as shredded wheat