Did You Know?

By | Apr 9, 2008

The rock band Jethro Tull took their name from an 18th century English agricultural pioneer. Tull invented the seed drill, a device that allowed farmers to sow seeds in well-spaced rows at specific depths at a specific seed rate in 1701.

In 1752, not only was it the year that Britain adopted the Gregorian calendar, but it was also the year that Benjamin Franklin invented the lightening rod and the Liberty Bell was cast by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London arriving in Philadelphia on September 1, 1752.

When the first United States census was taken in 1790 the United States population was 3,929,214 (3.9 Million) with the center of population located near Chestertown in Kent County Maryland, a county on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay.

Mark Twain received a patent for a self-pasting scrapbook in 1873. In all he would receive three patents, the first in 1871 for “Improvement in Adjustable and Detachable Straps for Garments” and a third for a history trivia game in 1885.

Thomas Jefferson wrote his own tombstone epitaph. It reads; “Here was buried Thomas Jefferson, Author of the Declaration of Independence, of the statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, and Father of the University of Virginia.” It doesn’t mention that he was President of the United States.

The first electronic mail, or “email”, was sent in 1971 by Ray Tomlinson. Tomlinson has said he doesn’t remember what the exact message was probably something like QWERTYUIOP. The message was sent between two machines that were sitting next to each others. Once he proved that the process worked he sent a message to the rest of his group of engineers explaining how to send messages over the network, including using the @ sign to separate the name of the user from the name of the computer.


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