What Happened on December 7, 1909

Historical Events

Historic Invention

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

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
1909 Highlights

About December 7, 1909

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 113 years, 1 month and 21 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Sagittarius