National Handcuff Day is celebrated on 20th February of every year. On 20th February 1912, George A. Carney was given a patent number 1,017,955 in U.S for his “Lightweight and adjustable swinging bow ratchet-type handcuff.” George A.Carney’s Handcuff design was simple and more comfortable to use when compared to older Handcuff models. Handcuffs are devices that are used to fix a person’s wrists close together.
“Cages come in lots of different colors and shapes. Some are gilded, while others have a slamming door. But golden handcuffs are still handcuffs.”- Amy Harmon.
History of National Handcuff Day
National Handcuff Day is celebrated from the year 2010 to respect George A.Carney’s invention of modern lightweight handcuffs. James Milton Gill bought the Carney’s Patent on cuffs, and then he started the Peerless Handcuff Company and began manufacturing handcuffs, and he sold the first handcuff based on the Carney’s design in 1914. The Peerless Handcuff Company in the year 1932 launched the “barrel-style key” which turned out to be the best in the world. Even after 100 years, many handcuff companies are using the same swing-through design for making handcuffs with some little modifications. Carney’s invention became a massive hit because it is lightweight, it enables the police officers to secure cuffs on a criminal easily and quickly with one hand.
Other Celebrations on February 20
February 20 is also celebrated as
How to Celebrate the Day
On this day, every year a Contest is organized by the Peerless Handcuff Company. This contest is a form of a quiz, in which the participants are asked different questions about the handcuffs. The winner of the quiz contest will get a set of new handcuffs. Post pictures and share your thoughts on social media about the day by using the hashtag #HandcuffDay.
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