On this day in 1883, patent #274,207 was granted to Jan Matzeliger. He invented the first machine to manufacture an entire shoe. The machine sewed the sole of the shoe to the top lasting. This reduced time and costs.
In 1957, Actor, director, producer and screenwriter Spike Lee (pictured) was born. Lee was born in Atlanta, Georgia but was raised in Brooklyn, New York. Lee is best known for his directorial films such as She’s Gotta Have It, Do the Right Thing, School Daze, Mo’ Better Blues, Malcolm X and many more.