On this day: February 5

POSTED: 10:36 PM PST Feb 04, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Feb 04, 2016 

The U.S. military scores its first aerial victory, Reader's Digest is first published, Disney's "Peter Pan" premieres, and Manuel Noriega is indicted, all on this day.

OTD February 5 - looping coaster
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1901: A loop-the-loop centrifugal railway, or roller coaster, is patented by Edwin Prescott of Arlington, Massachusetts. Prescott had installed the roller coaster at Coney Island in 1900, where it was known as Boynton's Centrifugal Railway and had a 75-foot incline and a 20-foot-wide loop. The patent was to improve on his earlier design, which had a purely circular loop. The new patent featured the teardrop shape seen in today's looping roller coasters as an attempt to make the ride more comfortable for passengers.


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