Sunday, July 31, 2011

Patent pending

July 31st
On this day in 1790 the United States patent office grants its first patent to Samuel Hopkins. Hopkins petitioned the US government for his invention of an apparatus that improved the process of making pot ash and Pearl ash. Pot ash is mineral used in the making of glass and bleaching fabric, and mostly in making soap.

On this day in 1965 the Ranger 7 satillite photographed the moon for the first time. It was able to get images that were up to 1,000 times closer than any telescope had seen at the time. This mission helped NASA decide on the best locations to land men on the moon.

On this day in 1975 Jimmy Hoffa, the head of the Teamsters Union, went missing. He is one of the most high profile missing persons in the history of the United States. The circumstances involving his disappearance have become a running joke because of his ties to organized crime. Rumors have him being burried underneath the goalposts of the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey. He was declared legally dead in 1982.

On this day in 1954 Italian climber Ardito Desio and his team become the first people to reach the summit of K2 in the Himilayas. Mt Everest may be the tallest mountain in the world, but K2, the second tallest on earth, is famous for being a much more difficult climb. Of every 4 people to reach the summit, one dies attempting it. It would be 23 years before the second successful attempt at the summit.

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