(Worldkings.org)In 1855, Abraham Gesner received the first U.S. patent for a process to obtain oil from bituminous shale and cannel coal for the purpose of illumination (No. 12,612), which he called kerosene.
WORLDKINGS - On This Day – March 26, 2019 – 200" telescope lens shipped, Corning Glass Works, NY-Cal Tech, in 1936
(Worldkings.org) Dedicated in 1948 and the largest effective telescope in the world until 1993, the 200-inch Hale Telescope is a workhorse of modern astronomy and contributes to a wide range of astronomical research including Solar System studies, the search for extrasolar planets, stellar population and evolution analysis, and the characterization of remote galaxies.
(Worldkings.org) On this day in 1839, the initials “O.K.” are first published in The Boston Morning Post. Meant as an abbreviation for “oll korrect,” a popular slang misspelling of “all correct” at the time, OK steadily made its way into the everyday speech of Americans.
WORLDKINGS - On This Day – March 22, 2019 – Schawlow And Townes Were Issued A Patent For The Laser, in 1960
(Worldkings.org) ESO Very Large Telescope (VLT) atop Cerro Paranal, a 2600-metre high mountain, located some 120 km south from Antofagasta, in the Atacama Desert of Chile.
(Worldkings.org) Twitter (/ˈtwɪtər/) is an American online news and social networking service on which users post and interact with messages known as "tweets". Tweets were originally restricted to 140 characters, but on November 7, 2017, this limit was doubled for all languages except Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Registered users can post, like, and retweet tweets, but unregistered users can only read them.
WORLDKINGS - On This Day – March 20, 2019 – American fast food restaurant chain "KFC" [Kentucky Fried Chicken] is founded by Colonel Harland Sanders in North Corbin, Kentucky, in 1930
(Worldkings.org) KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) was founded by Colonel Harland Sanders, an entrepreneur who began selling fried chicken from his roadside restaurant in Corbin, Kentucky, during the Great Depression. Sanders identified the potential of restaurant franchising, and the first "Kentucky Fried Chicken" franchise opened in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1952.
(Worldkings.org) The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a heritage-listed steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbour that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district (CBD) and the North Shore. The dramatic view of the bridge, the harbour, and the nearby Sydney Opera House is an iconic image of Sydney, and Australia itself. The bridge is nicknamed "The Coathanger" because of its arch-based design.
WORLDKINGS - On This Day – March 14, 2019 - Eli Whitney was issued a U.S. patent for his cotton gin, in 1794
(Worldkings.org) Eli Whitney (December 8, 1765 – January 8, 1825) was an American inventor best known for inventing the cotton gin. This was one of the key inventions of the Industrial Revolution and shaped the economy of the Antebellum South.
(Worldkings.org) The German-born English astronomer William Hershel discovers Uranus, the seventh planet from the sun. Herschel’s discovery of a new planet was the first to be made in modern times, and also the first to be made by use of a telescope, which allowed Herschel to distinguish Uranus as a planet, not a star, as previous astronomers believed.
(Worldkings.org) On March 12, 1894, the first bottles of Coca-Cola were sold in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Dr. John Pemberton, a pharmacist in Atlanta, Georgia, had invented Coca-Cola eight years earlier. The drink’s popularity quickly spread and customers enjoyed it at soda fountains throughout the South.