Today in History: U.S. Patent Office Opens Its Doors

M.C. MillmanJuly 31, 1790, marks the opening day of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the day the first patent was.... read more

Yesterday in History: The First Patent for Chewing Gum

M.C. MillmanOne hundred fifty-four years ago yesterday, July 27, 1869, Amos Tyler received U.S. Patent Number 93,141 for "Improved.... read more

Today in History: USS Thresher Is Launched, Sinking Two Years Later With 129 Onboard

by M.C. Millman The USS Thresher was launched from Portsmouth Naval Yard in New Hampshire on July 9, 1960..... read more

Today in History: Secret Service Is Officially Launched to Combat Counterfeit Bills

by M.C. MillmanIn the early 1800s, each of the United States's 1,500 private banks issued its own unique paper money with designs that.... read more

Today in History: News of the Louisiana Purchase Is Publicized by President Jefferson

by M.C. MillmanThe official announcement of the Louisiana Purchase, made on July 4, 1803, doubled the size of the U.S. when 828,000.... read more

Today in History: Accidental Inventor of Safety Glass is Born

M.C. MillmanLike many other innovative findings, the discovery of safety glass began as an accident that has changed our lives for the.... read more

Today in History: Indian Point Park Opens in Buchanon

M.C. MillmanIt's hard to remember a time before the Indian Point Energy Center nuclear power plant existed, but a park was opened in.... read more

Today in History: The First Commercial Roller Coaster In America Opens

M.C. Millman In 1884, visitors to Coney Island were eagerly awaiting the day of June 16 to ride.... read more

Today in History: Pepsi Syringe Hoax Costs the Company $35 Million

M.C. Millman June 9, 1993, was the beginning of a costly hoax for PepsiCo, requiring ultimate.... read more

Today in History: Father of Fingerprinting Leaves His Mark

M.C. MillmanIn the 1870s, a unique discovery led Scottish physician Dr. Henry Faulds to study fingerprinting, earning him the title.... read more

Today in History: 140th Anniversary of the Celebrated Brooklyn Bridge Opening

M.C. Millman On May 24, 1883, the world's longest suspension bridge, the Brooklyn Bridge, opened after 14 years of.... read more

Today in History: Operation Solomon Carried Out Saving Thousands of Ethiopian Jews

M.C. MillmanThe year was 1991 when Israel launched a record-breaking daring rescue mission for over 14,000 Ethiopian Jews, known as.... read more

Today in History: The Mystery of the Dark Day

M.C. MillmanOn May 19, 1780, a peculiar darkness enveloped most of New England, known as the 'Dark Day'. Most of New.... read more

Today in History: Coca-Cola Takes First Step Toward Success

M.C. MillmanCoca-Cola's humble beginning began in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 8, 1886.On this day, pharmacist Dr. John Stith.... read more

Today in History: Empire State Building Opens for Business

M.C. Millman On May 1, 1931, the Empire State Building officially opened in New York City after a record-breaking 410 days of.... read more

Today in History: New York Becomes the First State to Require License Plates

by M.C. MillmanIn the early 1900s, the rising popularity of vehicles made it harder to identify them on the streets, giving rise to the.... read more

Today in History: Iran Hostage Crisis Rescue Mission Ends in Disaster

by M.C. MillmanOn April 24, 1980, a military rescue mission for American hostages held by Iranians failed miserably, leaving eight U.S..... read more