On this date in 1790, the U.S. patent office opened up. I wonder who had the patent on that idea? We don't know, but at least they had a place to register it.

Also on this date in 1790, Robert Gray became the first American to sail around the world. His trip began in September, 1787. Basically two and a half years of saying, "Maybe I should have made a left at Hawaii."

In 1849, the safety pin was invented by Walter Hunt in New York.
Finally, diapers no longer needed to be stapled on.
A very popular device until disposal diapers were invented.
...which had an immediate impact on the duct taped diaper industry.
Up until that time, diapers were glued on. It wasn't pretty.

On this date in 1866, the ASPCA -- the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals -- was established. In no time at all, they were going to the dogs... and cats.

In 1872, the very first Arbor Day was celebrated in Nebraska. It inspired the song, "Tree's a Jolly Good Fellow" and the comedy, "Tree's Company!" Their motto was "Tree cheers for Arbor Day!"

On this date in 1912, the luxury liner RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton, England, on its ill-fated maiden voyage. It struck an iceberg on April 14th and then, the next day, to make matters worse, most of the passengers received an audit notice from the IRS. Too soon?


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