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A listing of famous and not-so-famous historical innovations that occurred in Science and Technology during this month. December
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1
1925-Mr. Peanut trademark reigester to Planters Nut Company. Reg. No. 0206415
1959-Barbie® Doll trademark registered by Mattel, Inc., Reg. No. 0689055
2
1952-Patent # 2,620,061 issued to Oskar Uxa for the first PEZ candy dispenser
1969-Patent # 3,482,037 granted to Marie V.B. Brown for a home security system
3
1753-Samuel Crompton inventor of the spinning mule born in Firwood, Lancashire, England 
1842-Ellen Swallow Richards, first female student and first female faculty member at MI, born
4
1913-Robert Adler inventor of the TV remote control born in Vienna, Austria
1990-Patent # 4,974,982 granted to Thomas Nielson for a "keyring pocket pen"
5
1901-Walt Disney inventor of the multiplane camera born in Chicago, Illinois.
6
1967-Helen Greiner inventor of the ROOMBA® robot vacuum born in London, England
7
1909-Patent # 942,699 issued to Leo H. Baekeland for Bakelite a synthetic plastic
1931-Production of Model-A Ford discontinued
8
1765-Eli Whitney inventor of the cotton gin born in Westboro, Massachusetts
9
1743-Samuel Hopkins first inventor granted a U.S. Patent, born in Baltimore, Maryland
1905-Grace Hopper inventor of the first computer compiler, born in New York City
10
1815-Ada Lovelace programmer of an early computer born in London, England
1896-Alfred Nobel died in Sanremo, Italy. In his honor the Nobel Prize is awarded on this day
11
1874-James Lewis Kraft inventor of the pasteurizing process for cheese born in Canada
12
1927-Robert Noyce co-inventor of the Integrated Circuit born in Burlington, Iowa
1921-Guglielmo Marconi receives the first trans-Atlantic radio signal
13
1844-John Henry Patterson founder of National Cash Register Co. born n Dayton, Ohio
14
1852-Patent # 9,477 granted to Cullen Whipple for a screw making machine
15
1964-Patent # 3,161,861 granted to Kenneth Olsen for "magnetic core memory"
1979-Chris Haney and Scott Abbott invent a board game called Trivial Pursuit®
16
1954-First synthetic diamonds were produced at G,E. Research Labs. by Prof. H. Tracy Hall.
17
1817-Francis Wolle inventor of the Paper Bag born in Jacobsburg, Pennsylvania
1903-First controlled flight of an airplane by Orville Wright and Wilbur Wright  
18
1900-Patent # 663,976 issued to Elijah McCoy for a lubricator
19
1732-Benjamin Franklin begins publication of "Poor Richard's Almanack"
1974-Altair 8800 microcomputer was first put on sale, as a do-it-yourself computer kit, for $397
20
1880-New York's Broadway lit by electricity, becomes known as "Great White Way"
1951-The first electricity ever generated by atomic power began flowing from the EBR-1
21
1898-Scientists Pierre and Marie Curie discovered the radioactive element radium.
22
1885-Patent # 332,762 granted to La Marcus Adna Thompson for a Roller Coaster
23
1732-Richard Arkwright inventor of a Mechanized Textile Loom born in Lancashire, England
1900-Reginald Fessenden communicated speech by electromagnetic waves fifty miles
24
1949-First house, designed by Dr. Maria Telkes, to be completely solar heated was occupied
25
1906-Ernst Ruska inventor of the electron microscope born in Heidelberg, Germany
26
1791-Charles Babbage inventor of a mechanical computing machine born in London, England
27
1822-Louis Pasteur inventor of pasteurisation born in Dole, France 
28
1976-Patent # 4,000,000 granted to Mr.Robert Mendenhall for a process for recycling asphalt.
29
1800-Charles Goodyear inventor of a process for "vulcanizing" rubber born in New Haven, CT
30
1924-Arthur K. Melin, founder of WHAM-O Toy Co., born in Los Angeles, California
31
1935-Patent # 2,026,082 issued to Charles Darrow for Monopoly
DID YOU KNOW?
  • December is the twelfth and last month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days.
  • December's birthstones are turquoise, lapis lazuli, zircon, topaz (blue), or tanzanite.
  • December in the Northern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent to June in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa.
  • December is AIDS Awareness Month
WHO AM I ?
I didn't know it at the time, but I was creating millions of "couch potatoes".
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DID YOU KNOW?
Ruth Handler named the doll "Barbie," which was the nick name of her real-life daughter.
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FUN FACTS
Over 200 million Monopoly games have been sold worldwide.
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EVER WONDER
Who sent the first Christmas card?
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TRIVIA
If they had all the pieces, Chris Haney and Scott Abbott , would still be playing  Scrabble
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QUOTATIONS
"It's kind of fun
 to do the impossible."
Walt Disney
HOLIDAY ORIGIN
National Candy Cane Day is celebrated December 26th in the United States
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100 YEARS AGO
Ernst Ruska inventor of the electron microscope born in Heidelberg, Germany
75 YEARS AGO
Production of Model-A Ford discontinued by Ford Motor Company
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