On this day in 1937 the first electric guitar patent is awarded. Music has been better ever since. It was called the Rickenbacker Frying Pan by its creators. After five years of development they submitted and received a patent for their creation. Working similar to a telephone, the pick up of an electric guitar registers the vibration of the strings and can amplify it with a speaker.
On this day in 1981 the severed head of six year old Adam Walsh is found in Vera Beach, Florida. Walsh had been reported missing two weeks earlier. As a result Congress passed the Missing Children's Act, which gave the FBI greater authority to track missing children. The father of Adam, John Walsh also went on a crusade to catch criminals and is the host of America's Most Wanted, a show that profiles criminals and encourages people to call in with tips. Over 1,000 criminals have been caught as a result.
On this day in 1846 President James Polk signed a paper that created the Smithsonian Institution. This was the result of over a decade of debate on how to spend a large amount of money willed to the United States by scientist James Smithson. Today, the Smithsonian Institution is one of the finest museums in the world.