Famous Inventions and Birthdays in February

Birthdays, Trademarks, Copyrights, and Patents

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Not only is February the month of Valentine's Day, it's also when a great number of inventions were created and patented, trademarked, or copyrighted and when many great scientists, scholars, and famous figures were born.

Whether you're looking for someone who shares your February birthday or just want to know what happened on this day in history, check out the following lists of events that have happened during this month throughout history.

Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights

From the digital voicemail system to Kooky Doodles, February has celebrated the birth of many inventions and pieces of writing or art. Find out when some of the most popular inventions and literary works were first patented, trademarked, or copyrighted.

February 1

  • 1788 - The first US patent for an improvement to steamships was issued to Isaac Briggs and William Longstreet.
  • 1983 - Matthews, Tansil, and Fannin obtained a patent for a digital voice mail system.

February 2

  • 1869 - James Oliver invented the removable tempered steel plow blade
  • 1965 - Alfonso Alvarez received a patent for "dual-vent windows."

February 3

  • 1690 - The first paper money in America was issued in the colony of Massachusetts.
  • 1952 - The first episode of the TV program "Dragnet" was copyrighted.

February 4

  • 1824 - J. W. Goodrich introduced the world to the first rubber galoshes.
  • 1941 - Roy Plunkett received a patent in for "tetrafluoro-ethylene polymers" (TEFLON).

February 5

  • 1861 - Samuel Goodale patented the first moving picture peep show machine.

February 6

  • 1917 - Sunmaid raisins were trademark registered.
  • 1947 - Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life" was copyrighted.

February 7

  • 1804 - John Deere, pioneer manufacturer of agricultural implements was born.
  • 1995 - Larry Gunter and Tracie Williams received a patent for a personalized interactive storybook

February 8

February 9

  • 1811 - Robert Fulton was granted a patent for the practical steamboat.

February 10

  • 1976 - Sidney Jacoby was granted a patent for a combination smoke and heat detector alarm.

February 11

  • 1973 - National Inventor's Hall of Fame was founded on the anniversary of Thomas Edison's birth in 1847.

February 12

  • 1974 - Stephen Kovacs received a patent for a magnetic heart pump.
  • 1983 - The circular thing that keeps the pizza from hitting the inside of the box top (called a "package saver") was invented by a guy from New Jersey.

February 13

  • 1979 - Charles Chidsey received a patent for male baldness solution.

February 14

  • 1854 - Horace Smith and Daniel Wesson patented a firearm.
  • The 14th is also Valentine's Day and someone has patented romance.

February 15

  • 1972 - William Kolff obtained a patent for the soft shell mushroom-shaped artificial heart.

February 16

  • 1932 - James Markham received the first fruit tree patent for a peach tree.

February 17

February 18

February 19

  • 1878 - Thomas Edison received a patent for the phonograph.

February 20

  • 1846 - John Drummond was granted a patent for molds for the manufacture of candles.
  • 1872 - Luther Crowell patented a machine that manufactured paper bags.

February 21

February 22

  • 1916 - Ernst Alexanderson was issued a patent for a selective radio tuning system.

February 23

  • 1943 - The song "As Time Goes By" from the movie "Casablanca" was copyrighted.

February 24

  • 1857 - The first perforated United States postage stamps were delivered to the government.
  • 1925 - His Master's Voice was trademark registered.

February 25

  • 1902 - John Holland was granted a patent for a submarine.

February 26

  • 1870 - The first New York City subway line opened, and this short-lived line was pneumatically powered.
  • 1963 - Hobie surfboards trademark registered in 1963.

February 27

  • 1900 - Felix Hoffman patented acetylsalicylic acid, which is also known as aspirin.

February 28

  • 1984 - Donald Mauldin received a patent for a knee brace.

February 29

  • 1972 - Kooky Doodles were trademark registered.

February Birthdays

Many famous inventors and scientists were born in February, and a few were even born on Leap Day, which falls on the 29th every four years.

February 1

  • 1905 - Emilio Segre was an Italian physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of antiprotons, a sub-atomic antiparticle and an element used for the atomic bomb used on Nagasaki.
  • 1928 - Sam Edwards was a Welsh physicist who studied condensed matter physics.

February 2

  • 1817 - John Glover was the English chemist who discovered sulfuric acid.
  • 1859 - Havelock Ellis was an American physician & sexologist who wrote "The Psychology of Sex."
  • 1905 - Jean-Pierre Guerlain invented cosmetics pioneer.

February 3

  • 1821 - Elizabeth Blackwell of Bristol England was the first accredited woman physician.

February 4

  • 1841 - Clement Ader was a French inventor who was the first to fly a heavier-than-air craft.
  • 1875 - Ludwig Prandtl was a German physicist who is considered the father of aerodynamics.
  • 1903 - Alexander Oppenheim was a mathematician who wrote the Oppenheim conjecture.

February 5

  • 1840 - John Boyd Dunlop was a Scottish inventor who invented pneumatic rubber tires.
  • 1840 - Hiram Maxim invented the automatic single-barrel rifle.
  • 1914 - Alan Hodgkin was a British physicist who won the Nobel Prize in 1963 for his work on the central nervous system.
  • 1915 - Robert Hofstadter was an American atomic physicist who won a Nobel Prize in 1961 for his work on electron scattering in atomic nuclei.
  • 1943 - Nolan Bushnell was the founder of Atari and the creator of Pong.

February 6

  • 1879 - Carl Ramsauer was a German research physicist who discovered the Ramsauer-Townsend effect.
  • 1890 - Anton Hermann Fokker was an aviation pioneer.
  • 1907 - Sam Green was a noted industrialist and inventor.
  • 1913 - Mary Leakey was a British paleoanthropologist who discovered the first Proconsul skull, which belongs to a species of extinct ape that may be an ancestor of humans.

February 7

  • 1870 - Alfred Adler was the Austrian psychiatrist first wrote about the Inferiority Complex.
  • 1905 - Ulf Svante von Euler was a Swedish physiologist who won the Nobel Prize in 1970.

February 8

  • 1828 - Jules Verne was a French writer who wrote "From the Earth to the Moon" and is considered the father of science fiction.
  • 1922 - Joeri Averbach was a noted Russian chess grandmaster.

February 9

  • 1871 - Howard T. Ricketts was an American pathologist who studied typhus fever.
  • 1910 - Jacques Monod was a French biochemist who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1965 for work on enzyme and virus synthesis.
  • 1923 - Norman E. Shumway was a pioneer cardiac transplant surgery.
  • 1943 - Joseph E. Stiglitz was a noted American economist.
  • 1950 - Andrew N. Meltzoff was a noted developmental psychologist.

February 10

  • 1880 - Jesse G. Vincent was an engineer who designed the first V-12 engine.
  • 1896 - Alister Hardy was a British scientist who was an expert on the marine ecosystems of everything from zooplankton to whales.
  • 1897 - John Franklin Ender was a microbiologist who won the Nobel Prize in 1954 for his research into polio.
  • 1920 - Alex Comfort was an English physician who wrote "The Joy of Sex."
  • 1941 - Dave Parnas is a Canadian computer scientist who pioneered information hiding in modular programming.

February 11

  • 1846 - William Fox Talbot was a pioneer photographer and inventor.
  • 1898 - Leo Szilard was a Hungarian physicist who worked on the A-Bomb and later became a peace activist.
  • 1925 - Virginia Johnson was an American psychologist and part of the noted medical team of Masters and Johnson.
  • 1934 - Mary Quant is an English fashion designer who invented the Mod Look.

February 12

  • 1809 - Charles Darwin was an English scientist who discovered the theory of evolution and wrote the "Origin of Species."
  • 1813 - James Dwight Dana was an American scientist who pioneered the study of volcanic activity and theorized on the formation of continents.
  • 1815 - Edward Forbes was a British scientist who wrote extensively on marine biology.
  • 1948 - Ray Kurzweil was an American inventor who invented the flatbed scanner, the Kurzweil reading machine, the Kurzweil 1000 OCR software, the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech-recognition software, and the Kurzweil 250 Music Synthesizer.

February 13

  • 1910 - William Shockley was an American physicist who co-invented the transistor and won the Nobel Prize in 1956.
  • 1923 - Chuck Yeager was an American test pilot and the first man to break the sound barrier.

February 14

  • 1838 - Margaret Knight invented a method of making paper bags.
  • 1859 - George Ferris invented the Ferris Wheel, which is why the "F" is always capitalized in its name!
  • 1869 - Charles Wilson was an English physicist who invented the Wilson cloud chamber and won the Nobel Prize.
  • 1911 - Willem J. Kolff was an American internist who invented the artificial kidney.
  • 1917 - Herbert A. Hauptman was an American x-ray crystallographer who won the Nobel Prize in 1985.

February 15

  • 1809 - Cyrus Hall McCormick invented a mechanical reaper.
  • 1819 - Christopher Sholes invented the typewriter.
  • 1834 - William Preece was an English electrical engineer who was a pioneer in wireless technology.
  • 1934 -  Niklaus Wirth was a Swiss computer programmer who invented the PASCAL computer language.

February 16

  • 1740 - Giambattista Bodoni was an Italian printer who invented typeface designs.

February 17

  • 1781 - Rene-Theophile-Hyacinthe Laennec was a French inventor who created the stethoscope.
  • 1844 - Aaron Montgomery Ward founded the mail-order business, Montgomery Ward.
  • 1867 - William Cadbury was the English chocolate manufacturer who founded Cadbury.
  • 1874 - Thomas J. Watson was an American scientist who founded IBM.

February 18

  • 1743 - Alessandro Volta was an Italian physicist who invented the voltaic pile, the first battery.
  • 1898 - Enzo Ferrari was the car manufacturer who invented the Ferrari.

February 19

  • 1473 - Nicolaus Copernicus was famous for formulating a model of the universe with the sun at its center rather than the earth.
  • 1859 - Svante August Arrhenius was a Swedish physicist and chemist who won the Nobel Prize in 1903.
  • 1927 - Rene Firino-Martell was a Cognac manufacturer who invented several types of Cognac.

February 20

  • 1844 - Ludwig Eduard Boltzmann is the Austrian physicist who is considered the father of statistical mechanics.
  • 1901 - Rene Jules Dubos was a microbiologist who wrote "Health and Disease."
  • 1937 - Robert Huber was the German biochemist who won the Nobel Prize in 1988.

February 21

  • 1909 - Helen O. Dickens Henderson was an American physician and gynecologist.

February 22

  • 1796 - Adolphe Quetelet was a noted mathematician, astronomer, and statistician.
  • 1822 - Adolf Kuszmaul was a German physician who invented the stomach pump and discovered Kuszmaul disease.
  • 1852 - Pieter K. Pel was an internist who discovered Pel-Ebstein fever.
  • 1857 - Robert Baden-Powell was the founder of Boy Scouts and the Girl Guides.
  • 1857 - Heinrich Hertz was the first to broadcast and receive radio waves and helped to invent radar technology.
  • 1937 - Samuel Whitbread was a noted English brewer.
  • 1962 - Steve Irwin was an Australian biologist, zoologist, and nature TV show host who died while filming from a stingray attack.

February 23

  • 1898 - Reinhard Herbig was a German archaeologist.
  • 1947 - Colin Sanders is the British computer engineer who invented Solid State Logic.
  • 1953 - Sallie L. Baliunas is a retired astrophysicist who studied global warming and ozone depletion.

February 24

February 25

  • 1904 - Adelle Davis was a naturalist and the author of "Let's Stay Healthy."

February 26

  • 1852 - John Harvey Kellogg started the flaked-cereal industry and founded Kellogg Cereal.
  • 1866 - Herbert Henry Dow was a pioneer in the chemical industry and founded Dow Chemical.

February 27

  • 1891 - David Sarnoff founded RCA.
  • 1897 - Bernard F. Lyot was a French astronomer who invented the Lyot filter.
  • 1899 - Charles Best co-discovered Insulin.

February 28

  • 1933 - Geoffrey Maitland Smith founded Sears
  • 1663 - Thomas Newcomen invented an improved steam engine.
  • 1896 - Philip Showalter Hench was an American physician who discovered cortisone and won the Nobel Prize.
  • 1901 - Linus Pauling was a chemist who won the Nobel Prize in 1954 and 1962.
  • 1915 - English zoologist and immunologist, Peter Medawar won the Nobel Prize in 1953.
  • 1930 - Leon Cooper was an American physicist who won the Nobel Prize in 1972.
  • 1948 - Steven Chu is an American scientist who co-won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1997.

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