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Otto Frederick Rohwedder

Inventor Otto Frederick Rohwedder

Profession: Inventor

United States of America

Why Famous: The phrase "greatest thing since sliced bread" only became possible as a result of the work of Rohwedder, who in 1928 invented the bread-slicing machine. This revolutionized the baking industry and meant sliced bread became commercially available throughout the world.

Born: July 7, 1880
Birthplace: Davenport, Iowa
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: November 8, 1960 (aged 80)

Historical Events

  • 1928-07-07 Sliced bread sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company, Missouri, using a machine invented by Otto Frederick Rohwedder. Described as the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped.

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