Maitland farmer David Ward King is born. He went on to invent the King Road Drag, a horse-drawn device that graded roads so mail could be delivered to rural areas. It also enabled cars to travel smoothly. This image shows horses pulling a road-grading machine in Cedarhurst, Long Island, New York around 1900. It’s unclear whether this is one of King’s machines, though one can imagine it looked similar.

Based upon content from the book This Day In Missouri History by Ross Malone, author and Missouri historian. Get your copy on Amazon. 

Photo credit: Making roads in Cedarhurst, L.I. [Between and Ca. 1910] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress,