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30/10/1888 Most-used writing instrument

American inventor John J. Loud patented the ballpoint pen. The patent was not commercialised. Modern ballpoint pen was patented later, in 1938 by Hungarian journalist and inventor László Bíró. It was 22 years after Loud's death. Today, the ballpoint pen is the most used writing instrument worldwide.


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