On This Day

What Happened on December 7, 1909

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events


InventionHistoric Invention

Inventor Leo Baekeland patents the first thermo-setting plastic, Bakelite, sparking the birth of the plastics industry

Chemist Leo Baekeland
Chemist
Leo Baekeland

Famous Birthdays

  • Arch Oboler, American director, screen and radio writer, and producer (Lights Out, Bwana Devil), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1987)
  • Jacob Kainen, American painter and curator, born in Waterbury, Connecticut (d. 2001)

Famous Deaths

  • Whitcomb Judson, American inventor (zipper), dies at 63