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The American Bald Eagle – National Geographic Documentary

– The bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus, from Greek hali “sea”, aiētos “eagle”, leuco “white”, cephalos “head”) is a bird of prey found in North America. A sea eagle, it has two known sub-species and forms a species pair with the white-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla). Its range includes most of Canada and Alaska, all of the contiguous United States, and northern Mexico. It is found near large bodies of open water with an abundant food supply and old-growth trees for nesting.

The bald eagle is an opportunistic feeder which subsists mainly on fish, which it swoops down and snatches from the water with its talons. It builds the largest nest of any North American bird and the largest tree nests ever recorded for any animal species, up to 4 m (13 ft) deep, 2.5 m (8.2 ft) wide, and 1 metric ton (1.1 short tons) in weight. Sexual maturity is attained at the age of four to five years.


 

 

Death Anniversary of Elias Howe – The Inventor of Sewing Machine

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Elias Howe, Jr. was born on July 9, 1819, to Dr. Elias Howe, Sr., and Polly (Bemis) Howe in Spencer, Massachusetts. Howe spent his childhood and early adult years in Massachusetts where he apprenticed in a textile factory in Lowell beginning in 1835. After mill closings due to the Panic of 1837, he moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to work as a mechanic with carding machinery, apprenticing along with his cousin Nathaniel P. Banks. Beginning in 1838, he apprenticed in the shop of Ari Davis, a master mechanic in Cambridge who specialized in the manufacture and repair of chronometers and other precision instruments. It was in the employ of Davis that Howe seized upon the idea of the sewing machine.

He married Elizabeth Jennings Ames, daughter of Simon Ames and Jane B. Ames on 3 Mar 1841 in Cambridge.They had three children: Jane Robinson Howe, Simon Ames Howe, and Julia Maria Howe.

Here is a video on History of Sewing Machine so far…

Invention of sewing machine fan career

Elias Howe’s Sewing Machine U.S. Patent #4,750 issued 10 Sep 1846

Contrary to popular belief, Howe was not the first to conceive of the idea of a sewing machine. Many other people had formulated the idea of such a machine before him, one as early as 1790, and some had even patented their designs and produced working machines, in one case at least 80 of them.However, Howe originated significant refinements to the design concepts of his predecessors, and on September 10, 1846, he was awarded the first United States patent (U.S. Patent 4,750) for a sewing machine using a lockstitch design. His machine contained the three essential features common to most modern machines:
  • a needle with the eye at the point,
  • a shuttle operating beneath the cloth to form the lock stitch, and
  • an automatic feed.

A possibly apocryphal account of how he came up with the idea for placing the eye of the needle at the point is recorded in a family history of his mother’s family:

He almost beggared himself before he discovered where the eye of the needle of the sewing machine should be located. It is probable that there are very few people who know how it came about. His original idea was to follow the model of the ordinary needle, and have the eye at the heel. It never occurred to him that it should be placed near the point, and he might have failed altogether if he had not dreamed he was building a sewing machine for a savage king in a strange country. Just as in his actual working experience, he was perplexed about the needle’s eye. He thought the king gave him twenty-four hours in which to complete the machine and make it sew. If not finished in that time death was to be the punishment. Howe worked and worked, and puzzled, and finally gave it up. Then he thought he was taken out to be executed. He noticed that the warriors carried spears that were pierced near the head. Instantly came the solution of the difficulty, and while the inventor was begging for time, he awoke. It was 4 o’clock in the morning. He jumped out of bed, ran to his workshop, and by 9, a needle with an eye at the point had been rudely modeled. After that it was easy. That is the true story of an important incident in the invention of the sewing machine.

Despite securing his patent, Howe had considerable difficulty finding investors in the United States to finance production of his invention, so his elder brother Amasa Bemis Howe traveled to England in October 1846 to seek financing. Amasa was able to sell his first machine for £250 to William Thomas of Cheapside, London, who owned a factory for the manufacture of corsets, umbrellas and valises. Elias and his family joined Amasa in London in 1848, but after business disputes with Thomas and failing health of his wife, Howe returned nearly penniless to the United States. His wife Elizabeth, who preceded Elias back to the United States, died in Cambridge, Massachusetts shortly after his return in 1849.

Despite his efforts to sell his machine, other entrepreneurs began manufacturing sewing machines. Howe was forced to defend his patent in a court case that lasted from 1849 to 1854 because he found that Isaac Singer with cooperation from Walter Hunt had perfected a facsimile of his machine and was selling it with the same lockstitch that Howe had invented and patented. He won the dispute and earned considerable royalties from Singer and others for sales of his invention.

Howe contributed much of the money he earned to providing equipment for the 17th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry of the Union Army during the Civil War, in which Howe served as a Private in Company D. Due to his faltering health he performed light duty, often seen walking with the aid of his Shillelagh, and took on the position of Regimental Postmaster, serving out his time riding to and from Baltimore with war news. He’d enlisted August 14, 1862, and then mustered out July 19, 1865.

Legacy

Howe died at age 48, on October 3, 1867, of gout and a massive blood clot. He was buried in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. His second wife, Rose Halladay, who died on October 10, 1890, is buried with him. Both Singer and Howe ended their days as multi-millionaires.

Howe was commemorated with a 5-cent stamp in the Famous American Inventors series issued October 14, 1940. In 2004 he was inducted into the United States National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Theodore Roosevelt Biography – Documentary

Theodore Roosevelt often referred to as Teddy or TR, was an American statesman, author, explorer, soldier, naturalist, and reformer who served as the 26th President of the United States, from 1901 to 1909. A leader of the Republican Party, he was a leading force of the Progressive Era. Born a sickly child with debilitating asthma, Roosevelt embraced a strenuous lifestyle and successfully regained his health. He integrated his exuberant personality, vast range of interests, and world-famous achievements into a “cowboy” persona defined by robust masculinity. Home-schooled, he became a lifelong naturalist before attending Harvard College. His first of many books, The Naval War of 1812 (1882), established his reputation as both a learned historian and a popular writer. He entered politics, becoming the leader of the reform faction of Republicans in New York’s state legislature. Following the deaths of his wife and mother, he escaped to the wilderness and operated a cattle ranch in the Dakotas. He returned to run unsuccessfully for Mayor of New York City in 1886. He served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy under William McKinley, resigning after one year to serve with the Rough Riders, gaining national fame for courage during the War in Cuba. Returning a war hero, he was elected governor of New York in 1898. For more information Click here.

Roosevelt being a great leader and reformer still inspire many people in politics and people connected to history to move and guard everyone for a better world and this documentary will surely help you a lot to know about him. Everything we should know about our hero or our inspiration. Although the video is quite long but you will not get bored..!! Must Watch..!!

History Channel – Abraham Lincoln Biography – Documentary

Abraham Lincoln, was one of the most amazing (and my favorite) president U.S.A has ever seen. He was born on February 12, 1809, the second child of Thomas and Nancy Hanks Lincoln. He was 16th President of U.S.A until his assassination in 1865. But many of the people in many parts of the world don’t know much about his childhood and personal life and the following documentary will help with that and hope that it will provide you with the information you want to know. Must Watch..!!

Secrets of a Black hole – Universe Documentary

If we think about the universe the most dangerous thing exists is a black hole. I hope that this documentary will give some idea about black holes and it’s secrets that lie beneath still unknown but trying to understand them by different astronomers and physicists. Hope you will enjoy this documentary…Must Watch..!!

Nikola Tesla’s Life Documentary

Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electric engineer and physicist known for his contribution to the design of the modern alternating current electricity supply system. In this documentary, you will be able to know about him from it’s birth in Smiljan, Croatia till his death in Manhattan on January 7, 1943. Also this documentary will let you know about his invention as well as his personal life. Enjoy..!!

Steve Jobs – Founder of Apple (Documentary)

Documentary on Apple’s Co-founder and the Thomas Edison of our time, Steve Jobs. He really saw the world in a different and amazing way to develop the technology and by introducing mouse (the most important and basic thing in our computers) he changed the world. This documentary will show you how he started from a garage and ended up with a company worth near $200 billion. Must watch..!!

Documentary on Apollo 15

NASA began it’s mission of the most successful manned flight ever achieved on July 26, 1971…..Apollo 15. It was the ninth manned mission in the United States’ Apollo program, the fourth to land on the Moon, and the eighth successful manned mission.

It was the first of what were termed”J missions,” long stays on the Moon, with a greater focus on science than had been possible on previous missions. It was also the first mission on which the Lunar Roving Vehicle was used.

 

Apollo 11 Mission Highlights : Neil Armstrong Landing On The Moon – NASA Documentary

46 years ago, Mankind witnessed an amazing event of Apollo 11 launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida and also the very first human being landing on the Moon, Neil Armstrong. He was followed by Buzz Aldrin on 20th July 1969, at 20:18 UTC. This Documentary will show you some highlights of the event and let you know important things about the mission. A very interesting and amazing documentary about the Apollo launch. Must Watch..!!