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IT'S ABOUT TIME  
A listing of famous and not-so-famous historical innovations
 that occurred in Science and Technology during this month.
May
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1
1888-Patent # 382,280 issued to Nikola Tesla for the "electrical transmission of power"
1964-First BASIC program was Invented by professors John G. Kemeny and Thomas E. Kurtz
2
1947-James Dyson, vacuum cleaner inventor, born in Norfolk, England
1843-Elijah McCoy inventor of railroad lubrication system born in Colchester, Ontario, Canada 
3
1937-Margaret Mitchell wins Pulitzer Prize for "Gone With the Wind"
4
1869-Patent # 89,794 isssued to T.F. Rowland for the first offshore oil-drilling rig
5
1809-Mary Kies, first women to get a patent. Obtained for "weaving straw with silk or thread"
1885-Patent # 317,049 issued to George Eastman for roll film
6
1937-The dirigible The Hindenburg burned while landing at the naval air station at Lakehurst, N.J.
7
1909-Edwin Herbert Land inventor of the Polaroid camera born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
8
1886-John Pemberton sold the first gallon of Coca-Cola syrup to Jacobís Pharmacy
1894-Patent # 519,347 issued to Michael Idvorsky Pupin for the Pupin Inductance Coil 
9
1850- Edward Weston inventor of precision electronical measuring instruments, born
10
1920-John Wesley Hyatt inventor and pioneer of the plastics industry who discovered the process for making celluloid, died
11
1946-Robert Koffler Jarvik surgeon who invented the Jarvik-7, the first artificial heart , born
12
1903-Patent #  727,650  issued to Carl Paul Gottfried von Linde for the refrigerator 
13
1958-VELCRO trademark registered
14
1892-Trademark application for COCA-COLA filed. Reg No. 0022406
15
1861-Frank Hornby inventor of the Meccano construction set and "Dinky" toys, born
16
1861-Irving W Colburn inventor of the process ffor mass roduction of window glass, born
17
1749-Edward Jenner inventor of the smallpox vaccine born in Gloucestershire, England 
18
1838-Seth Wheeler inventor of toilet paper born in Chatham, New York
1925-DUM DUMS lollipop trademark registered
19
1987-Patent # 4,666,425 issued to Chet Fleming for an apparatus that keeps a head alive
20
1873-Patent # 139,121 issued to Jacob Davis and  Levi Strauss for blue jeans
21
1921-Taggart Baking Company of Indianapolis introduced Wonder bread
1940-Patent # 2,201,689 issued to Walt Disney for a Multiplane Camera 
22
1849-Patent # 6,469 issued to Abraham Lincoln for a device for buoying vessels over shoals
1906-Patent # 821,393 issued to Orville Wright and Wilbur Wright for the airplane
23
1930-Patent Act of 1930 permits patenting of certain plants to help American culture
24
1686-Daniel G. Fahrenheit best known for developing the Fahrenheit temperature scale, born
25
1948-Andrew Moyer is granted a patent for a method of mass production of penicillin
26
1868-Patent #  78,317 issued to Alfred Bernhard Nobel for dynamite
27
1952-PEZ name Trademarked, Reg. No. 0559256
28
1738-Joseph Ignace Guillotin inventor of the guillotine, born
29
1826-Ebenezer Butterick regarded as the inventor of graded paper patterns for clothing, born
30
1790-First Federal Copyright bill was enacted
31
1910-Elizabeth Blackwell considered the first female doctor of medicine in modern times, died
DID YOU KNOW? 
  • May is the fifth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days.
  • Cinco de Mayo (celebrated on May 5)
  • The second Sunday in May is Mother's Day in the United States
  • Asian Pacific American Heritage Month - celebration of Asian and Pacific Islanders in the United States.
  • In the United States, Memorial Day, a public holiday, is on May 30, but observed on the last Monday in May.
  • May's birthstone is the emerald
  • May in the Northern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent to November in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa.
WHO AM I ?
In 1873 Patent # 139,121 was issued to Jacob Davis and "I" for blue jeans
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DID YOU KNOW?
In 1809 Patent # 1041X was issued to Mary Kies. The first women to recieve a Patent.
FUN FACTS
In 1937 Margaret Mitchell won the  Pulitzer Prize for "Gone With the Wind"
EVER WONDER
Did you ever wonder how they kept food cold before the refrigerator was invented?
Learn more.
TRIVIA
The Coca-Cola script logo was designed by the company bookkeeper.
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QUOTATIONS
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln
HOLIDAY ORIGIN
Did you ever wonder about the origin of Mother's Day? 
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60 YEARS AGO
James Dyson, vacuum cleaner inventor, born in Norfolk, England
70 YEARS AGO
The dirigible Hindenburg burned while landing at the naval air station at Lakehurst, N.J.
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