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On this day: March 27

Published On: Mar 21 2013 05:07:03 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 27 2014 01:00:00 AM CDT

Oregon wins the first NCAA men's basketball tourney, the Good Friday Earthquake rips up Alaska, Brando boycotts the Oscars, and Viagra gets FDA approval, all on this day.

OTD March 27 - corkscrew patent
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U.S. Patent Office

1860: M. L. Byrn of New York City is issued a patent for an improved corkscrew, described as a "covered gimlet screw with a 'T' handle." The inventor claimed the design would provide greater strength and durability and could be manufactured at less cost than prior construction methods using a spiral twist of steel wire that gradually tapered from the handle to the point.

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