The Government of Napoleon offered 12,000 francs for a method of preserving food for its army and navy.
Nicolas Appert, "father of canning," received the 12,000 franc prize from the French government for preserving food by sterilization.
Peter Durand received a patent from King George III of England for a tin-plated iron can as a food container.
Nicolas Appert's "Book for All Households" was translated and published in New York.
Peter Durand introduced the tin-plated can in America.
Thomas Kensett, Sr. and Ezra Daggett of England canned oysters, fruits, meats and vegetables in New York City.
Kensett patented the tinplated can in America.
Allen Taylor, an American, patented a machine-stamped tin can with extension edges.
Henry Evans was granted a patent for the pendulum press which, when combined with a die device, could make a can end in a single operation. Machinery increased individual worker production from five or six cans per hour to 50 or 60 per hour.
Gail Borden was granted a patent on condensed milk.
E. M. Lang of Maine was granted a patent for sealing tin cans by casting or dropping bar solder in measured drops on can ends.
Arthur A. Libby and William J. Wilson developed the tapered can for corned beef in Chicago.
The Hume "floater" was introduced to "float" solder onto the ends of cans as they rolled along "the line."
The simplified "side seamer" for cans appeared.
Introduction of the first automatic can making machinery greatly increased production.
George W. Cobb Preserving Company perfects the sanitary can.
Continuous ovens for drying inked tinplate were introduced.
Zinc oxide and other zinc compounds in an enamel lining were found to prevent discoloration of canned corn by "corn black" or zinc sulphide.
Eric Rotheim of Oslo, Norway develops the modern aerosol can.
Carbonated soft drink canning began.
U.S. soldiers depend on canned field rations during World War II.
Cans participated in A-Bomb Civil Defense Tests in Nevada. Food in those cans proved safe to eat.
Aluminum was introduced in metal can making.
Easy-opening can was introduced.
Tin-free steel cans were developed.
Two-piece can developed using less metal than traditional three-piece can.
Aluminum beverage cans introduced.
First Earth Day.
Multi-packs of aluminum beverage cans are first introduced. By the mid '80s, they are a supermarket favorite.
Aluminum can dominates beverage market.
Cans deliver carbonated beverages to the astronauts in outer space.
Aluminum beverage can ends are downsized. "202" and "204" ends save natural resources by using less metal to form the ends.
Cans continue to bring a variety of nutritious foods to American homes.