On This Day

Eastman Kodak in History

Historical Events

  • 1889-04-06 George Eastman begins selling his Kodak flexible rolled film for the first time
  • 1986-01-09 After losing a patent battle with Polaroid, Kodak must give up its instant camera business.

Famous Birthdays

George Eastman

1854-07-12 George Eastman, American inventor (Kodak camera, founder of the Eastman Kodak Company), born in Waterville, New York (d. 1932)

Famous Deaths

George Eastman

1932-03-14 George Eastman, American inventor (Kodak camera and founder of the Eastman Kodak Company), shoots himself in the heart at 77