Clyde Dawson's 10-pack of Juicy Fruit chewing gum is in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History because of the way it became his at 8:01 a.m. on June 26, 1974.
At a Marsh supermarket in Troy, Ohio, cashier Sharon Buchanan ran the packet past a window in the checkout counter. A beep sounded, and for allegedly the first time ever a scanning cash register processed a customer's item.
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