Alfred Nobel establishes the Nobel Prize, Baby Face Nelson dies in a shootout with the FBI, Harvey Milk is assassinated, MTV bans Madonna, and Tiger Woods crashes his SUV, all on this day.
1826: English pharmacist John Walker invents the first practical, strike-anywhere, friction match using three-inch splints of wood tipped with potassium chlorate, antimony sulphide and gum arabic. Walker would go on to sell his matches in April 1827, although he refused to patent his creation.
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