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National Ballpoint Pen Day

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Date When Celebrated : Always June 10

Lett's not take the ballpoint pen for granted. The invention of the ballpoint pen in 1943, can be counted among the great inventions of the 20th century. It's right up there, with the invention of canned beer!. Without it, we would still be using a messy fountain pen, or frequently dipping a quill into an ink jar.

On this day in 1943, brothers Laslo and Georg Biro of Argentina, filed a patent for ballpoint pen. Other inventors were working on making a ballpoint pen. The Biro brothers were the first to succeed. The ball point pen was originally called a "Birome". Ballpoint pens hit the U.S. market in 1945 at Gimbel's department store, selling for $12.50 each!! It became an instant success and the rest is history. The Biro brothers sold their patent to Bic.

Also see: This day in History - June


The Origin of National Ballpoint Pen Day:

While the reason for creating this special day is clear, we found no reference to who is the creator of this day.

There is no presidential proclamation, nor any documentation from the U.S. Congress, to support this as a true U.S. "National" day. The inventors are from Argentina, causing us to speculate that perhaps the government of Argentina issued a proclamation or resolution, making it a national day  in Argentina.


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