Mark Twain is born, Lucy and Desi elope, civil war breaks out in Palestine, Bing and Bowie sing a Christmas duet, and Michael Jackson's "Thriller" is released, all on this day.
1858: John Landis Mason receives U.S. patent No. 22,186 for his invention known by his name -- the Mason jar. Mason developed and patented a shoulder-seal jar with a zinc screw cap. The jar has a threaded neck that fit with the threads in a metal cap to screw down to the shoulder of the jar and in this way form a seal.
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