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Alexander Graham Bell Dies at 75

Scottish scientist, engineer, and inventor Alexander Graham Bell died at the age of 75 on August 2, 1922 due to complications from diabetes.

Born on March 3, 1847, Bell exhibited a natural scientific curiosity and a talent for the arts, which his mother nurtured. His mother (and later in life, his wife) were both deaf, impacting his desire to work with elocution and speech down the road.

Bell’s efforts in the fields of hearing and speech led him to receive a patent in 1876 for the first telephone. In addition to this groundbreaking invention, Alexander Graham Bell alone held 18 other patents, and 12 more with partners, mostly dealing with optical telecommunications, hydrofoils, and aeronautics.

Alexander Graham Bell helped found the National Geographic Society and has been credited as one of the most influential inventors of all time.

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First Lincoln Penny Issued

Find a penny, pick it up, all day long you’ll have good luck!

The Lincoln Penny was designed by sculptor Victor David Brenner at the request of President Theodore Roosevelt to replace the Indian Head Penny. When Roosevelt left office in March of 1909, Brenner continued the project since the idea was to release the new design in 1909, the 100th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth. After several design changes, samples were sent to President William Howard Taft who approved the final coin. Secretary of Treasury Franklin MacVeagh approved the design fit for printing on July 14 and the new Lincoln Penny was released on August 2, 1909.

Several changes have been made to the back on the penny since its issue, but Brenner’s original design, known as the Wheat Cent, remained in production for 50 years until it was replaced with the Lincoln Memorial design in 1959. The Lincoln Memorial design was replaced by several designed minted in 2009 only for the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth, then in 2010, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee recommended the current Union Shield cent design.

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