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On this day in 1829, a patent was granted to Cyril Demian (an American living in Vienna) for the accordion, a handheld musical instrument with a bellows and buttons or keys.Whether Demian was the true inventor of the accordion is a bit of a controversial question, as there were other similar instruments in circulation at the time, but at all people can surely agree the world is a far better place with accordians in it.

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