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Gershwin Debuts Rhapsody in Blue
The Jazz Age had begun, but in 1924 the music was not considered a serious art form. Then, on February 12, an octave-surfing clarinet glided into Rhapsody in Blue, and it made musical history. And to think Gershwin almost didnĀít write it Ö
The Problem with Project Nim
In 1974, a chimp named Nim was taught to use sign language as part of a linguistic study. Nim signed his first word on February 4. But why was the project problematic? What happened to Nim?
Lego Teaches Us to Play Well
Patented on January 28, 1958, the Lego brick lets us use our imagination to build worlds. Did you know it started with a duck? Hereís a partial visual history, with pictures from the Lego website.
1984 - The Apple Macintosh Ad
Appleís original Macintosh debuted this week in 1984 Ė but letís talk about its ad! Broadcast nationally on January 22, it became a legend in its own right, though not without controversy.
The Apple Lisa
The Macís older sister is an unsung herald of todayís computers, phones and tablets. Meet the Apple Lisa, introduced on January 19, 1983, and named after the daughter Steve Jobs once rejected.
The Miracle on the Hudson
What could have ended in an air crash on January 15, 2009, became a breathtaking spectacle, thanks to Captain ďSully,Ē the crew of US Airways Flight 1549 Ö and the river between New York and New Jersey.
Hogmanay - The Scottish New Year Festival
Every December 31, New York Cityís New Year countdown takes center stage. But do you know about Hogmanay? Itís an even bigger party Ė in Scotland.
The Christmas Truce of World War I
On Christmas Eve in 1914, Europe was at war, and yet a number of soldiers laid down their weapons and celebrated Christmas with the enemy. Hereís what happened.
Tunisian Man Becomes a Symbol of Revolution
Mohamed Bouazizi was a street vendor in Sidi Bouzid, a city in central Tunisia. On December 17, 2010, standing in front of the offices of the local government, he drenched himself in fuel and set himself on fire. He was 26.
Gunman Kills John Lennon
Arriving home one night from a session at a recording studio, John Lennon was gunned down in cold blood. The world has been mourning his death since December 8, 1980. Hereís what happened.
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