Aluminum: The Modern Metal

On this date in 1886,  Charles Martin Hall used an economical method to produce aluminum for the first time. Here are some things you may not have known about it. Aluminum is the third most common element in the Earth’s crust, and the most common metal. Aluminum compounds occur naturally, and have been used in clay pottery for thousands of […]

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Polaroid Cameras: Photos in an Instant

On this date in 1947, Edwin Land demonstrated the first instant camera. Here are some things you may not have known about the Polaroid Land Camera. Edwin Land was born in 1909 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. After one year of studying chemistry at Harvard, he dropped out to move to New York and work on his own. While in New York, […]

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Good Vibrations: A Musical Milestone

On this date in 1966, Brian Wilson began recording what would come to be the Beach Boys single “Good Vibrations.” Here are some things you may not have known about the song. “Good Vibrations” was recorded while the Beach Boys were working on their album “Pet Sounds.” At some point, the song was intended to appear on the album, but […]

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MASH Units: Separating Fact From Television

On this date in 2006, the last American mobile army surgical hospital was deactivated. Here are some things you may not have known about MASH units. The inspiration for MASH units came during World War II. At the time, the U.S. military used a system that required injured troops to be transported long distances to receive surgical treatment. MASH units […]

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ENIAC: One Of The First Computers

On this date in 1946, ENIAC, one of the first electronic computers was dedicated. Here are some things you may not have known about it. ENIAC stands for Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer. It was designed to calculate artillery firing tables for the U.S. Army’s Ballistic Research laboratory. It was literally a computer. It could solve numerical problems, which were […]

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YouTube: Streaming Since 2005

On this date in 2005, YouTube was founded. Here are some things you might not have known about the video-sharing site. It was created by three former PayPal employees named Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim. The three differ on their inspiration for starting the company. Karim said it was because he couldn’t find video online of Janet Jackson’s […]

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Louisville Sewer Explosions

On this date in 1981, more than two miles of streets in Louisville, Kentucky, were destroyed by a sewer explosion. Here are some things you might not have known about the incident. A Ralston Purina soybean processing plant suffered a massive leak of hexane, which was used as a solvent to extract soybean oil. Hexane is a highly flammable chemical […]

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Gold Records: Marking a Milestone

On this date in 1942, the first gold record was awarded to Glenn Miller and his Orchestra. Here are some things you may not have known about certification of record sales. The record given to Miller was from his record company, RCA Victor, to celebrate the sales of 1.2 million copies of the single “Chattanooga Choo Choo.” Other gold records […]

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Daylight Saving Time

On this date in 1942, year-round Daylight Saving Time was reinstated in the United States during World War II. Here are some things you may not have known about Daylight saving time. It was not originally proposed by Benjamin Franklin. Despite his enthusiasm for working in the early morning, most of the world did not keep precise schedules in his […]

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