Based on William F. Nolan’s book of the same name, the dystopian sci-fi flick, Logan’s Run, premiered on this day in 1976. In this universe, the population is controlled by killing off citizens when they reach the ripe old age of 30, hence, the reason why Logan is running. The movie starred Michael York, Jenny Agutter and Farrah Fawcett, who MGM promoted heavily even though she only had a bit part in the film. Logan’s Run was nominated for two Academy Awards and won for a special award for its visual effects. The movie also won six Saturn Awards including Best Science Fiction Film. The following year, a short-lived TV show based on the movie aired on CBS.
Patent is Received for the Typewriter
After his printers went on strike, newspaperman, Christopher Sholes made a few attempts (although unsuccessful) to invent a typesetting machine. He collaborated with another printer, Samuel Soule and a friend, Carlos Glidden and the three created the first mechanical typewriter machine in 1867. The early attempt had a few flaws, but Sholes received a patent for the device on this day in 1868. An investor, James Densmore bought out Soule and Glidden for a share in the machine. After some improvements, the pair received a new patent in 1871. By 1873, the invention was sold to Eliphalet Remington and Sons, which is better known for its sales of electric razors sold today.