On this day: June 25

Published On: Jun 23 2013 09:16:35 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 25 2014 01:00:00 AM CDT

Custer makes his last stand, France surrenders to Germany during World War II, Anne Frank's diary is published, the Korean War begins, and Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson both die, all on this day.

OTD June 25 - barbed wire patent
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U.S. Patent Office

1867: Barbed wire is patented by Lucien B. Smith of Kent, Ohio. He received patent No. 66,182 for his simple idea of creating an artificial "thorn hedge" consisting of wire with short metal spikes twisted on by hand at regular intervals. Smith's invention featured spools with nail like points radiating from them that were threaded on the fence wire and could revolve loosely. It's unclear if this variety of barbed wire was ever actually manufactured, as simpler twisted wire forms soon followed.

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