206: The Birth of the Precursor of the Internet

Welcome to the Trivia Minute, your daily dose of history, facts and tidbits from TriviaPeople.com … I’m Marcus Michelson. On this date in 1969, two computers were linked on ARPANET, a precursor of today’s Internet for the first time. Here are some things you might know about the early days of computer networking. ARPANET was named for the Advanced Research Projects Agency of the […]

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204: Construction of the Alaska Highway

Today is the 73rd anniversary of the completion of the Alaska Highway from Dawson Creek, British Columbia to Delta Junction, Alaska. Here are some things you may not have known about the highway. A land route from the lower 48 states to Alaska was considered as far back as the 1920s. At the time, the Canadian government saw no value […]

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202: “Weird Al” Yankovic

Today is the 56th birthday of musician and actor “Weird Al” Yankovic. Here are some things you may not have known about him. Alfred Matthew Yankovic was born and raised in the Los Angeles suburbs. He had his first accordion lesson the day before his sixth birthday, making yesterday the 50th anniversary of his accordion career. At the age of […]

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201: Panama Canal Expansion Project

On this date in 2006, 77.8 percent of voters in Panama voted to expand the Panama Canal to allow larger ships to transit the Isthmus of Panama. Here’s a little bit about the history of the Panama Canal and the improvements that are scheduled to be finished in 2016. The Panama Canal opened in 1914, cutting the sailing distance from […]

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Episode 200: “Back To The Future” Day

Today is “Back to the Future” Day, the day that Marty McFly traveled to in the movie “Back to the Future Part II.” Here are some facts about the “Back to the Future” trilogy and the predictions the films made about 2015. The first “Back to the Future” movie was released in 1985, and starred Michael J. Fox as Marty […]

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199: The Sydney Opera House Opens

On this date in 1973, the Sydney Opera House in Australia opened. Here are some things you may not have known about the architectural marvel. Planning for the Opera House began in the late 1940s. In 1957, Danish architect Jorn Utzon was chosen to design the project after an international contest. Ground was broken in 1959 with incomplete plans. The […]

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197: Human Rights Protest at the 1968 Olympics

On this date in 1968, Tommie Smith and John Carlos of the United States won gold and bronze medals respectively in the 200 meters at the Summer Olympics in Mexico City. During the medal ceremony, the Americans raised their black-gloved fists above their bowed heads during the playing of the “Star Spangled Banner.” All three medalists, including Australian Peter Norman, […]

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