Today in 1374 a sudden outbreak of St. John’s Dance caused people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapsed from exhaustion.
Today in 1898 M. C. Escher was born.
Today in 1986, Dragon Quest, the game credited as setting the template for role-playing video games, was released in Japan.
Today in 1873 Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive a U.S. patent for blue jeans with copper rivets.
Today in 1880, Thomas Edison, “The Wizard of Melo Park,” performed the first test of his electric railway.
Today in 1840, Black Penny, the world’s first adhesive stamp was issued for use in Great Britain.