Albert Hammacher, the man who would eventually provide half of our company's name, is born on February 16, 1839 in Leichlingen, a town in the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany. Hammacher would come to be viewed as one of the leading figures in the hardware industry in the U.S. and Germany during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
United States Army officer George Armstrong Custer is born in Ohio. Custer developed a strong reputation leading Union troops during the Civil War-despite graduating last in his class at West Point-and attained the rank of brigadier general at age 23. After the Civil War, he was dispatched to the west to fight in the Indian Wars. Custer and all the men with him (two of his brothers among them) were killed at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876, in a battle that has come to be known as "Custer's Last Stand."