On This Day, August 14

Posted on 14th Aug 2012 by ian under On This Day | No Comments »

Welcome to Tuesday and on this day in 1885, Japan’s first patent was issued to the chap who invented rust-proof paint.  I wonder who invented the April Fool’s joke of getting the apprentice to go to the paint shop for a tin of striped or camouflage paint?

And an arguably more significant invention, the phonograph, was the brainchild of Thomas Edison.  It got its first outing in England at a press conference on this day in 1888.  It played a wee tune called The Lost Chord by Arthur Sullivan, which was one of the world’s first recordings.  Tom looks a tad grumpy in the photo…

To those born on this day… and I’ll rattle them off…

American muso , David Crosby (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) in 1941… actor and comedian, Steve Martin, in 1945… actress Susan Saint James  in 1946… British folk singer, Maddy Prior (Steeleye Span) in 1947… American novelist, Danielle Steele, also in 1947 I saw her interviewed recently – she still writes novels using the first typewriter she ever bought (for $19!)…

…Far Side cartoonist, Gary Larson, in 1950, Australian politician, Peter Costello, in 1957… US basketball player, Magic Johnson in 1959… American actress Halle Berry, in 1966 and Australian actress, Kate Richie, in 1978.  Whew!