There must be something about the warm air, green grass, rain showers and flowers of June that makes mankind opens the mind to new ideas. June is a crazy month of ‘firsts’. Phrases like ‘first invented’, ‘first patented’, ‘first announced, introduced and launched’ saturate the 30 days of June.
Just for fun we thought we would share some of the inventions and introductions that are still relevant today and have helped to shape daily life in America. Listed in chronological order, the following is our Top 10 List of First Inventions and Introductions founded in the month of June.
June 2, 1896 the first radio patented 1896 by Guglielmo Marconi. A source of news and information, the radio also provides entertainment.
June 4, 1896 the first car was introduced. Henry Ford called it a ‘quadricycle’ and he took his first test drive on this day.
June 5, 1977 the first Apple computer went on sale. Is it possible to describe the impact that Apple has had on 21st century America?
June 6, 1933 the first Drive-In movie in Hoboken, N.J in 1933. So popular in modern America, Drive-Ins are popping up around the country again.
June 11, 1982 the movie E.T. first premiered in 1982. Is there anyone that isn’t familiar with the phrase “E.T. phone home”?
June 19, 1846 the first baseball game was played in Hoboken, N.J. Like hot dogs and apple pie, baseball is now synonymous with America.
June 23, 1868 the typewriter was first patented and changed the way we communicate the written word. What would the keyboard be without the typewriter?
June 26, 1819 the bicycle was first patented. 196 years later, as a form of transportation, the bicycle may be more important today than it was then.
June 27, 1893 the melody for happy birthday was first published by two sisters, Mildred and Patty Hill. It has been translated into hundreds of languages including Klingon.
June 29, 2007 the first iPhone was introduced. How it has changed communication! Without it, texting, Snapchat, Instagram would not be possible. You might actually have to call someone.
If these ‘firsts’ are not enough to convince you that June is a month full of brainy ideas, the website Today in History has a calendar of historical events concerning inventions patents, trademarks and copyrights. One for every day of the month!
So take some time this month. Go outside, lay in the grass, watch the clouds float by or stare at the stars. Open your mind to the world of possibilities. You never know what ingenious idea you might come up with that others will use in the near and distant future.