On This Day
1566 – Two hundred Dutch noblemen, led by Hendrick van Brederode, force themselves into the presence of Margaret of Parma and present the Petition of Compromise, denouncing the Spanish Inquisition in the Seventeen Provinces.
The Compromise of Nobles (Dutch: Eedverbond der Edelen; French: Compromis des Nobles) was a covenant of members of the lesser nobility in the Habsburg Netherlands who came together to submit a petition to the Regent Margaret of Parma on 5 April 1566, with the objective of obtaining a moderation of the placards against heresy in the Netherlands. This petition played a crucial role in the events leading up to the Dutch Revolt and the Eighty Years’ War.
1888 – Thomas Green Clemson dies, bequeathing his estate to the State of South Carolina to establish Clemson Agricultural College.
Clemson University (/ˈklɛmp.sən, ˈklɛm.zən/[note a]) is a public land-grant research university in Clemson, South Carolina. Founded in 1889, Clemson is the second-largest university in student population in South Carolina. For the fall 2019 semester, the university enrolled a total of 20,195 undergraduate students and 5,627 graduate students, and the student/faculty ratio was 18:1. Clemson’s 1,400-acre campus  is in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The campus now borders Lake Hartwell, which was formed by dam construction completed in 1962. The university manages the nearby 17,500-acre Clemson Experimental Forest that is used for research, education, and recreation.
Clemson University consists of seven colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences; Architecture, Arts and Humanities; Business; Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences; Education; Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences; and Science. U.S. News & World Report ranks Clemson University tied at 74th for 2021 among all national U.S. universities. Clemson University is classified among “R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity.”
Born On This Day
1858 – Washington Atlee Burpee, Canadian businessman, founded Burpee Seeds (d. 1915)
Washington Atlee Burpee (5 April 1858 – 26 November 1915) was the founder of the W. Atlee Burpee & Company, now more commonly known as Burpee Seeds.
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1920 – Jack Cover, American pilot and physicist, invented the Taser gun (d. 2009)
John “Jack” Higson Cover Jr. (April 6, 1920 – February 7, 2009) was the inventor of the Taser stun gun.
Cover was born in New York City on April 6, 1920, and grew up in Chicago. His father was a professor of economics. His mother earned a mathematics master’s degree at the University of Chicago. Cover earned a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate in nuclear physics at the same university, studying under Enrico Fermi. During World War II, he was an Army Air Force test pilot. He later worked at the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake. He was a scientist at North American Aviation from 1952 until 1964 and also worked for NASA (Apollo program), IBM and Hughes Aircraft.
In 1970, he formed Taser Systems, Inc., named for a Tom Swift novel about the Thomas A. Swift’s Electric Rifle. Because the Taser used gunpowder to launch the darts, the federal government considered it a firearm, a classification that ruled out a civilian market and also discouraged police and military sales.
Cover was married three times, the first two ended in divorce. His last marriage was to Ginny. He had five children, two sons and three daughters. He had Alzheimer’s disease, and died of pneumonia on February 7, 2009 at the Golden West Retirement Home in Mission Viejo, California.
U.S. Patent 3,803,463 July 10, 1972; Weapon for Immobilization and Capture
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