Thursday, February 12, 2009

Bicentennial Birthdays

Random facts for February 12, 2009:

These two amazing men were both born 200 years ago today. Birthday twins! And it was the day after Robert Fulten patented the steamboat. The stars must have been beautifully aligned.

Three months later a patent was awarded to a woman for the first time. It was given to Mary Kies for her method of weaving straw with silk and thread for making straw hats. There were women inventors prior to this but none had patented their products because women couldn't own property separate from their husbands. But in 1809, President Madison was looking for American products to replace the European ones lost because the US had stopped importing European goods. Perfect timing for Ms. Kies!

Dear husband and I were eating rye crackers with our lunch salads today and noticed that the crackers were made in Germany! What?? The US can't make rye crackers???

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