On this day: January 3

POSTED: 07:49 PM PST Jan 02, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Jan 02, 2014 

Construction begins on the Brooklyn Bridge, FDR founds the March of Dimes, Apple Computer is incorporated, and Gen. Manuel Noriega surrenders, all on this day.

OTD January 3 - straw patent
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U.S. Patent Office

1888: Marvin C. Stone of Washington, D.C., patents the spiral winding process to manufacture the first modern paper drinking straws. Not satisfied with the natural rye grass straws commonly used in those days, Stone came up with way to wind paper into a tube, sealing the gaps with glue and covering the whole straw in wax to keep it from turning mushy in liquid.

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