This Day at Law

Steam engine patented

On July 2, 1698, the first steam engine was patented by Thomas Savery. However, the machine had only limited power. Thomas Newcomen in 1712 and James Watt in 1774 would later make the steam engine truly useful, revolutionizing travel.Learn more about the Steam Engine from the University of Dayton.

Sherman Antitrust Act passed by Congress

On July 2, 1890, the Sherman Antitrust Act became the first anti-monopoly legislation passed by Congress. Learn more about the Sherman Act.

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