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Oct. 30, 2013 12:01 a.m.

October 30, 1888
Ballpoint pen is born
"Necessity is the mother of invention." John J. Loud of Massachusetts needed a writing instrument that would write on leather and fabric. The result was a ballpoint pen on which Loud received a patent on October 30, 1888.
http://ballpointpenart-stith.blogspot.com/2007/12/first-ballpoint-pen-mr-john-j-loud.html

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