The Virtual Corkscrew Museum's Daily Newspaper
Tuesday, June 17, 2003
Iceland Independence Day
Reykjavik, Iceland - Today we celebrate Iceland's Independence day. As of May, 2002, 69.8% of the population were using the Internet. That's 195,000 users. Forty-two of them read The Daily Screw.
On June 17, 1944, Iceland declared full independence from Denmark in 1944. They had been under Danish authority homerule for 40 years and in the 524 years prior to that under Danish colonial rule. Before that there were 118 years of Norwegian provincial government.
Off the Wall
Jersey City, New Jersey, June 17, 1930 - Joseph Hoegger has taken a close look at bottle openers that attach to the wall and has put a new spin on the idea. He has placed the normal cap lifter at the top of the assembly and used a bell type self-pulling mechanism in conjunction with the worm (corkscrew). The worm stores flat against the lower portion of the assembly and is protected by flanges on either side. The assembly also includes a towel holder.
Today Hoegger was granted United States Patent Number 1,763,849 for his "Bottle Opener."
©2003 Don Bull, Editor