and more firsts …

A”Golden Spike” was driven into the railroad tracks this date in 1869 at Promontory Summit, Utah, connecting the tracks of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads and creating the first transcontinental railroad.

 

The first lawn mower was invented by Edwin Budding in 1830  just outside Stroud, in Gloucestershire, England. Budding’s mower was designed primarily to cut the grass on sports grounds and extensive gardens, as a superior alternative to the scythe. An American patent was granted this date in 1899 to John Burr, who improved a rotary blade lawn mower. He designed it with traction wheels and made it possible to mow closer to buildings and wall edges

The birth control pill was approved by the FSDA this date in 1960, setting off the age of feminism.

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