May CalendarFind out what famous event happened on the May Calendar for history concerning patents, trademarks, or copyrights. What famous inventor has the same May birthday as you.
May 11888 Patent #382,280 was granted to Nikola Tesla for the "electrical transmission of power".
May 21844 Elijah McCoy, the highly prolific African American inventor was born.
"Take me out to the ballgame" registered by Albert von Tilzer.
May 31831 Manning patented a mowing machine, however, the very first patent for a machine for mowing lawns was granted to Edwin Beard Budding.
May 41943 Patent for helicopter controls obtained by Igor Sikorsky. Sikorsky invented fixed winged and multi-engined aircraft, transoceanic flying boats and helicopters.
May 51809 Mary Kies was the first women to get a patent. It was for a process for "weaving straw with silk or thread".
Cinco de Mayo
May 61851 Ice-making machine patent received by John Gorrie.
May 71878 Fire Escape Ladder patented by Joseph Winters.
May 81942 "White Christmas" registered by Irving Berlin. This song is said to be the most valuable music copyright in the world!
May 91958 Mattel's Barbie doll was registered. The Barbie doll was invented in 1959 by Ruth Handler (co-founder of Mattel), whose own daughter was called Barbara
May 101752 Benjamin Franklin first tested his the lightning rod. Franklin invented the lightening rod and the iron furnace stove, bifocal glasses and the odometer.
1994 Tiny Toon Adventures registered by Warner Brothers Inc.
May 111926 Maxwell House Coffee Good to the last drop, was trademark registered.
May 121885 Ottmar Mergenthaler received a patent for a machine for producing printing bars
May 131958 VELCRO was trademark registered. Mother Nature could not have done it better herself.
May 141853 Gail Borden invented her process for condensed milk.
1897 "Stars and Stripes Forever" by John Phillip Sousa was registered.
May 151718 James Puckle, a London lawyer, patented the world's first machine gun.
1923 Listerine was trademark registered.
May 161922 "Canada Dry" Pale Ginger Ale was trademark registered
May 171839 Lorenzo Adkins patented a water wheel.
May 181827 Artist Rembrandt Peale registered a lithographic portrait of President George Washington, based on his famous oil painting.
1830 Edwin Budding of England signed a licensing agreement for the manufacture of his invention, the lawn mower.
May 191896 Edward Acheson was issued a patent for an electrical furnace used to produce one of the hardest industrial substances, carborundum.
May 201830 D. Hyde patented the fountain pen.
1851 Emile Berliner of Germany, the inventor of the gramaphone was born.
1958 Robert Baumann obtained a patent for a satellite structure.
May 211984 "The Natural" a movie based on the book by Bernard Malamud, was registered.
May 221819 The first bicycles called swift walkers were introduced to the United States in New York City.
1906 Orville and Wilbur Wright received a patent for a "Flying Machine" with a motor.
May 231930 Patent Act of 1930 permited patenting of certain plants.
May 241982 Increased penalties for trafficking in counterfeit labels for certain works and criminal infringement of these works are added to the Copyright Act in 1982.
May 251948 Andrew Moyer was granted a patent for a method of mass production of penicillin.
May 261857 Robert Mushet received a patent for methods of manufacturing steel.
May 271796 James McLean was issued a patent for a piano.
May 281742 The first indoor swimming pool opened in Goodman's Fields, London. Swimming as an organized activity goes back as far as 2500 B.C. in ancient Egypt.
1996 Theo and Wayne Hart received a patent for a ponytail hair clasp.
May 291826 Ebenezer Butterick the inventor of the tissue paper dress pattern was born.
1953 First episode of the "I Love Lucy" television series was registered.
May 301790 First Federal Copyright bill was enacted in 1790.
1821 James Boyd patented the rubber fire hose.