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  • June 23 - Christopher Sholes, Carlos Glidden and Samuel Soule receive a patent (#79,265) for the first practical type writing machine. They licensed the patent to Remington & Sons, and in 1874 the first commercial typewriter, the "Sholes & Glidden Type Writer," was sold. Typewriters (and now computers) provide an alternative means to produce written communication for people who have trouble writing by hand. [1] [2]


  • January 21 - Felix Hoffman - German chemist, inventor of asprin. [3]
  • February 27 - Sir George Frederick Still - English paediatrician. Still was the first to describe a form of juvenile idiopathic arthritis known as "Still's Disease". He was also the first to do comprehensive observations of children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) which he described to the Royal College of Physicians in 1902.[4]


  1. Improvement in Type-Writing Machines. U.S. Patent # 79,265. Accessed March 5, 2008.
  2. The Great Idea Finder - Typewriter. Accessed March 5, 2008.