Today marks the 120th birthday of the button. Happy Birthday Button, you’re looking great! We’ve decided to celebrate by highlighting all the wonderful things that also happened #Backin1896.
Here are 17 facts about 1896— that’s probably 17 more facts about 1896 than you knew this morning:
What ELSE happened back in 1896?
• Did you know the button is older than the invention of the Teddy Bear. Buttons are just as cuddly though.
• Did you know the button is older than Pepsi?
• The first unofficial college basketball game took place on January 16th, 1896.
• Chop Suey (not the hit from System of a Down) was invented in NYC by a visiting Chinese Ambassador who catered its flavors to be more appealing to American tastes.
• In 1896 Vitascope Hall opened in New Orleans as the US’s first movie theater. They charged only $.10 per admission. Good thing popcorn was already invented too!
• Did you know the button is older than JELLO?
• F. Scott Fitzgerald was born. It may be a coincidence that he later wrote “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” but we think not!
Would you like to celebrate the button’s birthday too?