At the beginning of the 1800’s, food storage was a major concern for America. Across the water in England, a man named Bryan Donkin invented Canning. Donkin’s creation preserved foods beautifully, though the early cans were made of wrought iron. They were heavy and almost impossible to get into. One brand bore instructions to open with a hammer and chisel! Soldiers usually attacked them with bayonets or fired bullets into them. The real breakthrough came when a lighter material was used, this in turn enabled mass production. The stage was set for Ezra J. Warner, the man that invented the Can Opener. On January 5, 1958 the first can opener was sold. It made Ezra wealthy and famous.