This Day In History- John Lee Love Patented The Pencil Sharpener


November 23rd

Today in 1863, a patent was granted for a process of making color photographs.

Today in 1897, John Lee Love patented the pencil sharpener.

Today in 1921, the Willis-Campbell Act (better known as the anti-beer bill) was signed, forbidding doctors from prescribing beer for medicinal purposes.

Today in 1936, the first edition of "Life," the picture magazine created by Henry R. Luce, was published. It was an immediate sellout. The cover of that famous magazineshowed a view of the Fort Peck Dam, the world’s largest earth-filled dam.

Today in 1963, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed November 25thas a day of national mourning following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Today in 1980, the National Black Independent Party was founded.

Today in 1988, President Reagan announced he was pocket-vetoing a bill designed to further restrict lobbying by former federal employees, saying it was "excessive and discriminatory."

Today in 1998, the tobacco industry signed the biggest U.S. civil settlement– a $206-billion deal to resolve remaining state claims for treating sick smokers.

Today in 1998, a Federal judge rejected a Virginia county's effort to block pornography on library computer as unconstitutional.

Today in 1998, Whitewater figure Susan McDougal was acquitted of embezzling from conductor Zubin Mehta and his wife– a case Susan claimed was trumped up to pressure her to testify against President Clinton.

Today in 2020,Charli D'Amelio became the first person to hit 100-million followers on TikTok.


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