Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Today in History: March 19

  • 1474 Venice creates the world's first law on patents, the Venetian Patent Law, to attract inventors and investors, thus stimulating its economy.
  • 1734 Thomas McKean born; signed Declaration of Independence; President of Delaware; Chief Justice of, and Governor of Pennsylvania; President of Congress.
  • 1821 English explorer Richard Burton born; made pilgrimage to Mecca in disguise (inspiring A.E.W. Mason's book "The Four Feathers"); wrote an extensive English translation of "The Arabian Nights"; Burton's marble "Bedouin tent" tomb in Surrey, England, inspired the marble "tent" tomb in the film "Lara Croft: Tomb Raiders".
  • 1848 American lawman Wyatt Earp born; a leader in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Tombstone, Arizona Territory; a marshal of Dodge City, Kansas.
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