Chester Greenwood of Farmington, Maine was awarded patent #188,292 for Ear-Muffs on this date in 1873.
He was 15 years old.
He reportedly came up with the idea while ice skating, and had his grandmother sew tufts of fur (get over it PETA!) between loops of wire.
He went on to manufacture these ‘ear protectors’ for almost 60 years.
He provided jobs for folks in the Farmington area for the rest of his life!
And he kept Americans warm.