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October 6th
Invented in America
On October 6, 1942, inventor Chester Carlson patented xerography, the process that led to the development of modern photocopying machines. Ever since Benjamin Franklin invented the lightning rod and bifocal lenses, Americans have been busy coming up with one amazing idea after another. The London Times once wrote that “the American invents as the Greek sculpted and the Italian painted. It is genius.” Here are just a few of the many American inventions that have changed billions of lives.

mechanical reaper
1834 – Cyrus McCormick

sewing machine
1846 – Elias Howe

telephone
1876 – Alexander Graham Bell

incandescent lamp
1879 – Thomas Edison

photographic roll film
1884 – George Eastman, Hannibal Goodwin

modern submarine
1898 – John P. Holland

air conditioning
1902 – Willis H. Carrier

airplane
1903 – Orville and Wilbur Wright

television
1920s Philo T. Farnsworth, Vladimir Zworykin

rocket engine
1926 – Robert H. Goddard

nylon
1937 – Du Pont Laboratories

electronic computer
1942 – John V. Atanasoff, Clifford Berry

microwave oven
1947 – Percy Spencer

transistor
1947 – J. Bardeen, W. Brattain, W. Shockley

integrated circuit
1959 – Jack Kilby, Robert Noyce

laser
1960 – Gordon Gould, Theodore H. Maiman

microprocessor
1971 – Intel Corp.

cell phone
1973 – Martin Cooper

Internet
1960s–1980s – Scientists all over the country

American History Parade
1780
Patriot Henry Laurens of South Carolina, captured at sea, is imprisoned in the Tower of London; after Yorktown, he is exchanged for British general Charles Cornwallis.

1866
In Indiana, brothers John and Simeon Reno stage the first robbery of a moving train in the United States.

1927
The Jazz Singer, the first feature-length “talking picture,” opens in New York.

1979
Pope John Paul II becomes the first pontiff to visit the White House.
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