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1900-2008: atomic bomb, hydrogen bomb, disarmament
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Today in History:
1871: “A compound for culinary use,” called margarine, is patented.
1888: Suck it up! The spiral winding process for making paper drinking straws receives a patent.
1919: Split it up! Rutherford splits an atom or two, transmuting nitrogen into oxygen.
1952: Dragnet debuts on TV
1957: “The Hamilton Electric 500 is announced at a press conference. It is the first battery-operated electric wristwatch and the first to never need winding.” This Day In Tech
Happy Birthday to:
1892: J.R.R. Tolkein. Many hobbit returns.
1909: Victor Borge
1945: Stephen Stills
1946: John Paul Jones, of Led Zepplin