The Ballpoint Pen Patented in Argentina—65 Years Ago Yesterday

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65 years ago, on June 10th, the refugee Hungarian brothers László and Georg Bíró patented the ball point in their new home, Buenos Aires, Argentina. According to Wired, the Bírós had fled from Europe as the Second World War got worse, and like many, ended up in Argentina, where they received financial backing for their idea. Before the war was over, the ballpoint pen was everywhere, including inside the airplanes of the RAF and US Air Force. Finally, a pen that could write on a surface above your head! The ballpoint pen, which now seems like the most basic part of every day life, was once a world changing invention. The day it went on sale in New York more than 8,000 pens sold for $12.50 (150 dollars today).

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