Melville R. Bissell of Grand Rapids patents the first carpet sweeper
September 19 @ 12:00 am
Melville R. Bissell of Grand Rapids patented the first carpet sweeper on this day in 1876. He ran a china shop and the straw used for packaging aggravated his allergies. He built a device to pick-up dirt rather than scatter dust. Bissell vacuums are still made today.