Celluloid photographic film was patented by Hannibal Goodwin on 13th September 1898. Goodwin, an Episcopal priest, had invented a method for making transparent, flexible roll film from nitrocellulose. The celluloid film was used in Thomas Edisons’ Kinetoscope, an early machine for viewing animation.
The first known commercial spam was the "Green Card Lottery" spam on Usenet posted by the husband and wife duo of Canter & Siegel on April 12, 1994. [more...]