1899 J S Thurman patents motor-driven vacuum cleaner
1947 1st telescope lens 200″ (508 cm) in diameter completed
2017 Nobel Prize for Physics awarded to Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne “for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves”
1855 American inventor Isaac Singer patents sewing machine motor
1855 Joshua Stoddard of Worcester, Massachusetts, patents first calliope (musical instrument)
1876 1st 2-way telephone conversation, 1st over outdoor wires
1946 First electric blanket manufactured; sold for $39.50
1811 The Juliana, 1st steam-powered ferryboat, begins operation
1881 David Houston patents roll film for cameras
1887 A Miles patents elevator
1977 American inventor Gordon Gould issued his first US patent for a optically pumped laser amplifier, 20 years after first claiming to have invented the laser
1609 Children’s rhyme “Three Blind Mice” published in London
1792 First celebration of Columbus Day in the USA held in New York
1722 Frenchman C Hopffer patents the fire extinguisher
1914 US post office 1st used an automobile to collect and deliver mail
2014 A working human intestine is generated in a laboratory from stem cells in the United States
1492 Lead (graphite) pencils first used
1858 Hamilton Smith patents rotary washing machine