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Message 803707 - Posted: 31 Aug 2008, 16:05:47 UTC

Edison Patents Kinetoscope in the US (1897)

Edison helped design the kinetoscope, a precursor to the modern motion picture projector. It worked through a phenomenon known as "persistence of vision," in which a sequence of images is blended by the eye to create the illusion of motion. Because the work of so many others had gone into its invention, Edison never bothered to apply for an international copyright on the device, believing that it would not stand up in European courts

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Message 804232 - Posted: 2 Sep 2008, 9:23:06 UTC

Japan surrenders finishing World War II
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Message 804239 - Posted: 2 Sep 2008, 10:24:51 UTC

Oberlin College Founded (1833)

Oberlin was the first college in the US to regularly admit African-American students and is also the oldest continuously operating coeducational institution. The college has long been associated with progressive causes, and it was a hotbed of abolitionism and a key stop along the Underground Railroad. Both students and faculty were involved in the controversial Oberlin-Wellington Rescue of a fugitive slave in 1858

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Message 805224 - Posted: 5 Sep 2008, 9:15:31 UTC

Great Fire of London Ends
1666

This massive fire was one of the biggest calamities in London's history. It destroyed 13,200 houses, 87 parish churches, St Paul's Cathedral, and countless other buildings over a 4-day period, leaving an estimated 70,000 residents homeless in its wake. Though the death toll is traditionally thought to have been relatively low, recent research suggests it may have been higher, since the deaths of poor and middle-class people were not recorded at the time
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Message 805511 - Posted: 6 Sep 2008, 13:57:26 UTC

Marquis de Lafayette >> 1757
Lafayette was a French aristocrat most famous for his participation in the American and French revolutions. Considered a national hero in both France and the US, he is one of only six people in history to have become an Honorary Citizen of the US. Lafayette is also credited with having created the modern French flag in July 1789

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Message 805857 - Posted: 7 Sep 2008, 15:20:00 UTC

Google, Inc. Founded

(1998)

Google was created in the 1990s by two Stanford students who hypothesized that a search engine that analyzes the relationships between websites would produce better results. Thus, sites with the most links to them from other relevant web pages appear higher on a search results list. Google use is so prevalent that the verb "google" was recently added to the Oxford English Dictionary.
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Message 806145 - Posted: 8 Sep 2008, 10:55:23 UTC

The spanish vessel "Victoria" arrived at Sevilla after circumnavegating for the first time the globe and finding a pass between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean which opened the route to the trade for spices---->Juan Sebastian Elcano, and giving the name to the pass: The Magallanes Strait.
Only 18 crew members survived out of 265 after three years of voyage to the unknown.

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Message 806236 - Posted: 8 Sep 2008, 18:22:26 UTC - in response to Message 776539.

I believe that on July 1, 1957, the International Geophysical Year (IGY) began. Oddly enough it continued for 18 months, not just a year.



Do you know what country it started in by chance?


Sorry I replied so late. I don't know where the IGY started. I had always thought it was in the USA but I might be wrong. On your next post, "La Amistad" (friendship) certainly was an inappropriate name for that Spanish ship that transported those slaves. "El Diablo" (the devil) might have been a better name.

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Message 806251 - Posted: 8 Sep 2008, 19:36:26 UTC

V-2 Rocket Hits London (1944)
Developed by Germany during WWII, the Vergeltungswaffe 2 (V-2) Rocket was the world's first modern ballistic missile and the first artificial object to achieve suborbital spaceflight. Unmanned and internally guided, the V-2 traveled at supersonic speeds that allowed it to reach its target in silence. Approximately 20,000 slave laborers died producing the rockets for Germany, and 7,000 civilians perished during more than 3,000 attacks on allied targets.
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Message 806405 - Posted: 9 Sep 2008, 4:18:24 UTC - in response to Message 806236.

I believe that on July 1, 1957, the International Geophysical Year (IGY) began. Oddly enough it continued for 18 months, not just a year.



Do you know what country it started in by chance?


Sorry I replied so late. I don't know where the IGY started. I had always thought it was in the USA but I might be wrong. On your next post, "La Amistad" (friendship) certainly was an inappropriate name for that Spanish ship that transported those slaves. "El Diablo" (the devil) might have been a better name.

I am not sure but I think this was the start of the IGY.
April 11, 1957, the U.S. Navy tests a satellite to an altitude of 126 mi.[3]

October 4, 1957, the USSR launches Sputnik 1.

November 8, 1957, U.S. Secretary of Defense Neil McElroy instructs the U.S. Army to use a modified Jupiter-C rocket to launch a satellite as part of the IGY.[4]

January 31, 1958, the U.S. launches Explorer 1.

July 29, 1958, the U.S. creates NASA.
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Message 806967 - Posted: 11 Sep 2008, 8:59:45 UTC

9/11 Terrorist Attacks (2001)
On September 11, 2001, 19 Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial passenger airplanes. They crashed two of the planes into the Twin Towers in NYC, and flew a third into the Pentagon building in Virginia. Passengers on the fourth flight attempted to retake control of the aircraft, but it crashed in a Pennsylvania field. The devastating terrorist attacks of 9/11 were responsible for 2,974 confirmed casualties and an unknown number of injuries
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Message 807286 - Posted: 12 Sep 2008, 6:28:11 UTC

Sept. 12, 1958: Kilby Chips In, Integrates Circuit

1958: New hire Jack Kilby shows his Texas Instruments colleagues a little something he's built. A very little something: a working integrated circuit on a piece of semiconductor material. The world will soon change.
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Message 807371 - Posted: 12 Sep 2008, 11:27:30 UTC

Two Plus Four Agreement Signed in Moscow (1990)

The Two Plus Four Agreement, also known as the Treaty on the Final Settlement With Respect to Germany, was the final peace treaty negotiated between the Federal Republic of Germany, the German Democratic Republic, and the four powers that occupied Germany at the end of WWII: France, the UK, the US, and the Soviet Union. The treaty paved the way for the German reunification, which took place on October 3 of that year
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Message 807512 - Posted: 12 Sep 2008, 19:01:07 UTC - in response to Message 806405.


April 11, 1957, the U.S. Navy tests a satellite to an altitude of 126 mi.[3]



Years ago I was reading in some 1949 National Geographics and I saw that the US was shooting up some V-2s and Aerobees past 100 miles and photographing their journeys. One camera survived two crashes back into the desert sands but the third crash finished it.

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Message 807906 - Posted: 14 Sep 2008, 0:01:14 UTC

Nintendo Releases Super Mario Brothers
(1985)

Super Mario Bros., one of the first side-scrolling platform games, introduced video game players to expansive worlds that forever changed the way video games were played, perceived, and designed. The game has sold more than 40 million units and holds the Guinness World Record as the best-selling video game of all time. It helped revitalize the floundering video game industry and made Nintendo one of the world's most recognized video game manufacturers

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Message 808090 - Posted: 14 Sep 2008, 15:51:40 UTC

Harun al-Rashid Becomes Caliph of Greater Arabia


Widely considered the greatest Abbasid Caliph, Harun al-Rashid was an educated scholar, lover of poetry, and patron of the arts who ruled Baghdad from 786 to 809. With a vast empire spanning southwest Asia and the northern part of Africa, he was known around the world and had diplomatic relations with both China and Charlemagne's Frankish empire
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Message 809303 - Posted: 18 Sep 2008, 0:13:44 UTC

Treaty of Fredrikshamn Signed >> (1809)

Sweden's loss in the Finnish War marked the end of its significance as a monarchical military power in the region and the beginning of constitutional reform there. As part of the terms of the ensuing treaty, the Swedish government was forced to cede about one-third of its easternmost territory to Russia. The territories in question were declared semi-autonomous, but Russian influence continued to be felt there for many
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Message 809906 - Posted: 19 Sep 2008, 16:16:30 UTC

Sept. 19, 1982: The emoticons... read on Wired

1982: At precisely 11:44 a.m., Scott Fahlman posts the following electronic message to a computer-science department bulletin board at Carnegie Mellon University: 19-Sep-82 11:44 Scott E Fahlman :-) From: Scott E Fahlman I propose that the following character sequence for joke markers: :-) Read it sideways. Actually, it is probably more economical to mark things that are NOT jokes, given current trends. For this, use: :-(


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Message 810024 - Posted: 20 Sep 2008, 0:22:09 UTC

Churchill Proposes Creation of Council of Europe (1946)

Speaking at the University of Zurich, Winston Churchill implored European states to establish a "United States of Europe" to settle regional differences and promote understanding in the wake of World War II. His speech helped prompt the creation of the Council of Europe in 1949. Open to all European nations that accept the rule of law and guarantee human rights and freedoms to their citizens, the Council today is comprised of 47 member states

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Message 811080 - Posted: 22 Sep 2008, 23:39:18 UTC

Bulgaria's Independence Recognized (1908)
Bulgaria was absorbed into the Ottoman Empire in 1396, but Turkish rule was often oppressive, and rebellions were frequent. In 1908, as the revolution in Turkey gained momentum, Prince Ferdinand declared Bulgaria an independent state and named himself czar. Bulgaria was victorious against Turkey in the first Balkan War,
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