10th October 1913 (Friday)

BORN TODAY:  Somewhere in the USA – Paul C Fisher, inventor and patent holder for the “Fisher Space Pen…the most lucrative [patent] in the history of pens”.

“The Space Pen (also known as the Zero Gravity Pen), marketed by Fisher Space Pen Company, is a pen that uses pressurized ink cartridges and is claimed to write in zero gravity, underwater, over wet and greasy paper, at any angle, and in a very wide range of temperatures. The Fisher Space Pen was invented by American industrialist and pen manufacturer Paul C. Fisher and is manufactured in Boulder City, Nevada, United States of America. Paul C. Fisher first patented the AG7 “anti gravity” pen in 1965. Pens claiming some or all of the same abilities have also appeared on the market from other manufacturers”. [Wikipedia]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Pen

~ In Chicago, Illinois – the Swedish National Society of Chicago (Svensk Nationalforbundet i Chicago).

http://www.northpark.edu/Brandel-Library/Archives/Swedish-American-Archives-of-Greater-Chicago/~/media/Files/PDF/Brandel%20Library/Archives/MSS%20finding%20aids%20SAAGC/SAAGC%20MSS%2018%20Swedish%20National%20Society%20of%20Chicago.ashx

~ In Cleveland, Ohio – Janis Carter, “B-Movies” bigamist (“I married an angel” 1942: “I married a communist” 1949: “My forbidden past” 1951 etc).

http://www.nndb.com/people/750/000135345/

World Affairs: In Washington DC, President Woodrow Wilson presses a button which telegraphically sends an electrical charge which detonates the Gamboa Dike on the Panama Canal, thereby completing the construction of the Panama Canal a mere 94 years after the Spanish Government first authorised the building of a canal.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Panama_Canal

~ In Mexico, Presdient (General) Huerta orders the arrest of 110 members of the Chamber of Deputies after widespread protests at the disappearance of Senator Belisario Dominguez.

~ In China, the the Chief of Beijing’s mounted police is arrested and charged with plotting to assassinate the President.

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