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Scientists Trap Antimatter for the First Time
On November 17, 2010, for a few nanoseconds, scientists at CERN controlled antimatter. Why does this matter? Prepare for a quantum of physics.
The Apple Lisa
The Mac’s older sister is an unsung herald of today’s computers, phones and tablets. Meet the Apple Lisa, introduced on January 19, 1983, and named after the daughter Steve Jobs once rejected.
The Berlin Wall is Opened after 28 Years
Thanks to a mistake, on November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall fell. Not literally, but the gates between east and west were thrown open after almost three decades. Read about this historic day.
The Bizarre Belly Flop of Devon Loch
You’ve heard of Seabiscuit and Secretariat, and maybe even Red Rum and Black Caviar. But do you know what happened to Devon Loch? On March 24, 1956, this racehorse also made history, but not as a winner.
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. Here’s what happened.
The Day We Lost 11 Days
Imagine you are somewhere in the American colonies in September 1752. You go to bed on Wednesday the 2nd, and when you wake up, it’s Thursday the 14th. What happened??
The Discovery of Dord
“Dord” was discovered by a lexicographer on February 28, 1939. This was back when a dictionary was a 3,000-page tome, not a search engine with a hidden word list. You’ve never heard of “dord”? Don’t worry – there is a valid reason.
The Miracle on the Hudson
What could have ended in an air crash on January 15, 2009, became a breathtaking spectacle, thanks to Captain “Sully,” the crew of US Airways Flight 1549 … and the river between New York and New Jersey.
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?
The Samuel Applegate Alarm Clock
Heavy sleepers could have thanked Samuel S. Applegate for his invention, which was patented on April 11, 1882. Too bad it was just too weird to be constructed!
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