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1889: The Gramophone Company found its trademark

A painting of a small dog listening to a phonograph was shown to William Barry Owen, the general manager of the Gramophone Company in Maiden Lane, London, by the painter, Francis Barraud. It was a picture of his dog, Nipper. Owen asked for the phonograph to be painted out of the picture and replaced with a gramophone. He paid pounds 50 for the picture by Barraud and another pounds 50 for the copyright of His Master's Voice as the picture was called. It soon became the Gramophone Company's famous trademark. Nipper died in 1895 and was buried under a mulberry tree in Kingston-upon-Thames. It is now covered by a car park.

Also on this day: 1838: The last battle on English

soil took place at the Battle of Bosendon Wood; 1891: Construction of the Trans-Siberian railway began; 1902: The Boer War ended with the signing of Treaty of Vereeniging; 1916: In The Battle of Jutland during the First World War, the Royal Navy lost one battleship, one cruiser and five destroyers. The Germans lost one battleship, one cruiser and one destroyer - 2,545 men died in the battle; 1965: Jim Clark the Scottish world motor racing champion, became the first non-US driver to win the Indianapolis 500; 1988: A Norwegian court decided that soldiers were allowed to wear earrings on parade.
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