Chewing gum was patented in 1869 by W. F. Semple, a dentist from Mount Vernon, Ohio. Today worldwide consumers spend 19 billion dollars a year on gum. The average person chews 300 sticks of gum each year. Children can see Semple’s descriptive patent at: Gum Patent and they can research how gum is made at: Gum Production.
Welcome Stranger Gold Nugget was discovered at Moliagul, Victoria, Australia, in 1869. The largest alluvial gold nugget ever found, the Welcome Stranger weighed almost 2,284 ounces. It measured 24 inches by 12 inches. The nugget was melted down and formed into ingots that were sent to the Bank of England.
Cincinnati Red Stockings in 1869 became the first professional baseball team in the United States. Today Major League Baseball counts 30 teams, 29 in the United States and one in Canada. Children could enjoy reading The Everything KIDS’ Baseball Book by Greg Jacobs.