January 7, 1714
DescriptionEnglish inventor Henry Mill patents the first typewriter, an apparatus "for impressing or transcribing of letters singly or progressively one after another, so neat and exact as not to be distinguished from print"
LocationKingdom of Great Britain
RateVery important (8)
Authentic records show that the germ of typewriter genius first manifested itself more than two hundred years ago when in the year 1714 Henry Mill, an English engineer, patented a writing machine which he said he "had brought to perfection at great paines and expense"; yet it was more than a century and a half thereafter before the first practical typewriter was built, and the development of genius and public opinion began to get together. No model showing the mechanical construction, or descriptive matter concerning the principle involved in this machine, is available.