On this day: March 6

POSTED: 09:57 AM PST Mar 04, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Mar 05, 2016 

The Alamo falls, the Supreme Court rules in the Dred Scott case, the Oreo cookie and Silly Putty are introduced, Mike Tyson wins in his pro debut, and Eric Clapton enters the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for a third time, all on this day.

OTD March 6 - Silly Putty
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1950: Silly Putty is introduced as a toy by marketing consultant Peter Hodgson, who packaged one-ounce portions of the rubber-like material in plastic eggs. The material, which was discovered in 1943 in General Electric's laboratories, could be stretched, rolled into a bouncing ball or used to transfer colored ink from newsprint. While there was originally no application for the material, Hodgson saw a sample and realized its potential as a toy, making him a millionaire when it took off.


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