The invention of the typewriter is attributed to several inventors, including Henry Mill's concept typewriter of 1714, Rasmus Malling-Hansen's writing ball of 1870 and Christopher Latham Sholes' successful American typewriter of 1868. Sholes' design is the basis for the modern typewriter.Know More
In 1714, Mill, an English engineer, obtained a patent for a machine for transcribing letters. In 1808, the first functional typewriter was made by Pellegrino Turri. In 1829, the first American patent for a primitive typewriter was given to William Burt. Malling-Hansen's invention of the writing ball in 1870 was another successful version of the typewriter. It was a sphere covered in keys.
However, Latham Sholes' design in 1868 was much more successful, debuting on the American market in 1874. It was called the Remington and was constructed with circular glass, part of a table, piano wire and carbon paper.Learn more about Inventions
The modern, ring-shaped donut, more commonly written as doughnut, is attributed to a 1847 invention by an American ship captain, named Hansen Gregory. The donut, with a hole in the middle, is based on the traditional Dutch dessert, known as oliekoek, which translates into "oily cake."Full Answer >
The inventor of plastic was Alexander Parkes, who demonstrated his invention to the public at the Great International Exhibition in London in 1862. The material was initially called Parkesine and was created from cellulose. The material could be heated for molding and would retain its shape after it cooled.Full Answer >
The location of the hamburger's invention is disputed between Hamburg, Germany and various cities in the Northeastern United States. While the ground or chopped beef patty spiced with onion, salt and pepper originated in Hamburg as a Hamburg steak, the sandwich innovation probably happened in the United States.Full Answer >
Although sundials have been used since the 8th century B.C., the first individual to be credited with the invention of a sundial is Aristarchus of Samos in about 280 B.C.Full Answer >