\x34Historically Yours\x34 by Liz Davis is a blog about American historical trivia--anything American since 1492.
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.