January 27, 1910

Thomas Crapper, an accomplished plumber and businessman from London who has erroneously been called the inventor of the flush toilet, died. His life and accomplishments are celebrated every year on this date as Thomas Crapper Day.

Crapper held nine patents, three for water closet improvements such as the floating ballcock. He opened a sanitary equipment company in 1861 and opened the world’s first bathroom showroom in 1870, mass-marketing modern toilets with great success. His business was commissioned by Prince Edward to modernize palatial bathrooms.

The notion that Crapper invented the flush toilet was furthered via a fictional biography published in 1969 by New Zealand satirist Wallace Reyburn.