Davis came up with the idea of reinforcing the stress points of garments with rivets after the wife of a woodcutter asked if he could make a pair of durable trousers for her husband, and approached Strauss with a business proposal whereby Strauss would finance the paperwork and the two men would share the patent.
British inventor Edwin Budding went into partnership with foundry owner John Ferrabee to manufacture the world’s first lawn mower.
Rolls-Royce Limited was established by Charles Rolls and Henry Royce.
It was while in Boston that Bell’s experiments with sound waves and electricity led to his development of a telegraph-like system to transmit the vibrations associated with speech.
Mattel’s iconic Barbie doll made its debut at New York Toy Fair.
The DeLorean DMC-12 sports car was later used as the time machine in Back to the Future.
An urban legend states that an obituary printed erroneously left Nobel distressed at how he would be remembered, and resulted in him seeking a way to improve his legacy by funding the creation of Nobel Prizes.
Thomas Midgeley Jr. discovered that adding tetraethyl lead to gasoline reduced knocking in automobile engines.
The world’s first ‘Nickel-In-The-Slot Phonograph’ introduced the concept of the jukebox to the public.
Thomas Edison began operating the first permanent commercial electrical power plant in New York.