September 4: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?
(Page last edited 10/12/2017)
- In 1807, Fulton built the first commercial steamboat, the North River Steamboat (later known as the Clermont), which carried passengers between New York City and Albany, New York.
- In 1885, the Exchange Buffet in New York City opened. It was the first self-service restaurant in the United States, catering to only male clientele. Food was purchased at a counter, and patrons ate standing up.
- In 1888, the first roll-film camera was patented by George Eastman. He also registers the name "Kodak".
- In 1893, Beatrix Potter, an English author, first tells the story of Peter Rabbit.
- In 1972, Mark Spitz, a swimmer from the United States, becomes the first athlete to win 7 Olympic gold medals.
- Famous Birthdays: Damon Wayans (actor -In Living Color, Major Payne, Blankman), Shane Gould (freestyle swimmer - Olympics-3 Gold-1972), Sarah Childress Polk (1st lady from 1845-1849),Lewis H Latimer (inventor/engineer) , Luis Lopez (infielder for the San Diego Padres)
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