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|1471||In England, the Yorkists defeat the Lancastrians at the Battle of Tewkesbury.|
|1626||American Indians sell Manhattan Island for $24 in cloth and buttons.|
|1715||A French manufacturer debuts the first folding umbrella.|
|1776||Rhode Island declares independence from England.|
|1795||Thousands of rioters enter jails in Lyons, France, and massacre 99 Jacobin prisoners.|
|1814||Napoleon Bonaparte disembarks at Portoferraio on the island of Elba in the Mediterranean.|
|1863||The Battle of Chancellorsville ends when Union Army retreats.|
|1864||Union General Ulysses S. Grant‘s forces cross the Rapidan River and meet Robert E. Lee‘s Confederate army.|
|1927||A balloon soars over 40,000 feet for the first time.|
|1930||Mahatma Gandhi is arrested by the British.|
|1942||The Battle of the Coral Sea commences.|
|1942||The United States begins food rationing.|
|1961||13 civil rights activists, dubbed Freedom Riders, begin a bus trip through the South.|
“People ask to buy them all of the time. At least a few people a week,” says Christian Harding, owner of The Belfry, an oddities and collectibles store in Seattle. Harding then must explain that the bottles most are looking for—blown, usually clear, glass decorated with patterns, gilding, and colorful enamel—are throwaway perfume bottles. But the “tear catcher” term has stuck, through a combination of historical accident and deceptive, yet effective, marketing.The idea of bottling up one's tears is just too good of a story to NOT use in marketing. Read about how tear catchers came about at Atlas Obscura.
The myth likely began with archaeologists and an oddly chosen term. Small glass bottles were often found in Greek and Roman tombs, and “early scholars romantically dubbed [them] lachrymatories or tear bottles,” writes Grace Elizabeth Arnone Hummel, who runs the perfume website Cleopatra’s Boudoir. Those glass bottles held perfume and unguents, not tears, Hummel explains. “Scientists have performed chemical tests on these flasks and they disproved the romantic theory.” But stories sometimes acquire their own momentum.
Sir Bernard Spilsbury, a famous British pathologist, was called in as the chief medical examiner on the case. Spilsbury asked officers to collect the remains for further examination. Officers rolled up their sleeves and started tossing body parts into buckets, “as if they were sorting fish on a quayside.” Shocked, Spilsbury asked them if no rubber gloves were available, and they responded that they never wore protective gear of any kind.From the narrative, one gets the idea that the gloves were more to protect the investigators than to protect the evidence at that point. You can read the gruesome story of that murder case at Mental Floss.
By the next big murder case, Spilsbury had created the “Murder Bag,” a kit for police officers to carry that included rubber gloves, a magnifying glass, a tape measure, a ruler, swabs, sample bags, forceps, scissors, a scalpel, and other instruments. Suiting up with gloves before entering an active crime scene has been standard procedure ever since. The glove method isn’t the only thing the Mahon/Kaye case inspired, by the way—Alfred Hitchcock used details from the sensational story when he was making Rear Window.