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Rubber Eraser Day

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Rubber Eraser Day

Date When Observed: Always on April 15

Make no mistake... Rubber Eraser Day celebrates the invention of erasers. We all make mistakes. This day is designated to recognize and appreciate the value of that little plug (as manufacturers call them), that sits atop our pencils. When we make a mistake, they are the big "cover-up", make that eraser, of our booboo or faux pax. Just imagine how messy our documents would be without it!

Why not just call it "Eraser Day"? There's two reasons. The first erasers were made of rubber. Today, they are made of rubber, or vinyl. Secondly, in Great Brittain, they are formally called "rubbers".

In the world of erasers, there are two men are prominent. Joseph Priestley discovered the eraser in 1770, using pieces of rubber imported from Brazil. Then in 1858, Hyman Lipman of Philadelphia, Pa., patented the pencil with an eraser at the end.

Today's Quote: To err is human, an eraser is divine!

Origin of Rubber Eraser Day
There is a wealth of information about the discovery of the erasers. However, our research failed to discover who established Rubber Eraser Day.

We did discover some discrepancy about when this day is celebrated. Most references point to April 15th as Rubber Eraser Day. However, some sites proclaim April 13th as Rubber Eraser Day.

This Day in History April 15

Battle of Formigny: Toward the end of the Hundred Years' War, the French attack and nearly annihilate English forces, ending English domination in Northern France. (1450)

The Pocotaligo Massacre triggers the start of the Yamasee War in colonial South Carolina. (1715)

Samuel Johnson's A Dictionary of the English Language is published in London. (1755)

Preliminary articles of peace ending the American Revolutionary War (or American War of Independence) are ratified. (1783)

William Wordsworth and his sister, Dorothy see a "long belt" of daffodils, inspiring the former to pen I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud. (1802)

Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc founded the American School for the Deaf, the first American school for deaf students, in Hartford, Connecticut. (1817)

President Abraham Lincoln calls for 75,000 Volunteers to quell the insurrection that soon became the American Civil War (1861)

Abraham Lincoln dies after being shot the previous evening by actor John Wilkes Booth. (1865)

The General Electric Company is formed. (1892)

The British passenger liner RMS Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic at 2:20 a.m., two hours and forty minutes after hitting an iceberg. Only 710 of 2,227 passengers and crew on board survive. (1912)

Two security guards are murdered during a robbery in South Braintree, Massachusetts. Anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti would be convicted of and executed for the crime, amid much controversy. (1920)

U.S. Senator John B. Kendrick of Wyoming introduces a resolution calling for an investigation of secret land deal, which leads to the discovery of the Teapot Dome scandal. (1922)

Insulin becomes generally available for use by people with diabetes. (1923)

Rand McNally publishes its first road atlas. (1924)

The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, the most destructive river flood in U.S. history, begins. (1927)

In the Belfast Blitz, two-hundred bombers of the German Luftwaffe attack Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom killing one thousand people. (1941)

The Bergen-Belsen concentration camp is liberated. (1945)

Jackie Robinson debuts for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking baseball's color line. (1947)

McDonald's restaurant dates its founding to the opening of a franchised restaurant by Ray Kroc, in Des Plaines, Illinois (1955)

White Rock, British Columbia officially separates from Surrey, British Columbia and is incorporated as a new city. (1957)

At Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, Ella Baker leads a conference that results in the creation of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, one of the principal organizations of the African-American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. (1960)

The first Ford Mustang rolls off the show room floor, two days before it is set to go on sale nationwide. (1965)

The EC-121 shootdown incident: North Korea shoots down a United States Navy aircraft over the Sea of Japan, killing all 31 on board. (1969)

During the Cambodian Civil War, massacres of the Vietnamese minority results in 800 bodies flowing down the Mekong River into South Vietnam. (1970)

The United States launches Operation El Dorado Canyon, its bombing raids against Libyan targets in response to a bombing in West Germany that killed two U.S. servicemen. (1986)

Two bombs explode near the finish line at the Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts, killing 3 people and injuring 264 others. (2013)
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