French astronomer Charles Messier discovered the Whirlpool Galaxy on 13th October 1773. It was the first spiral galaxy to be discovered. Messier is known for creating an astronomical catalog of celestial objects, primarily nebulae and star clusters.
The world's first disposable camera was developed by A. D. Weir at Photo-Pac in 1949. The cardboard device could shoot 8 photos and could then be mailed to the company at Dallas. The prints would arrive in a week. [more...]