Asteroids: A Threat from Space

Today is Asteroid Day, marking the anniversary of the 1908 Tunguska Event, the largest asteroid impact on earth in recent history. Here are some things you may not have known about both of them. On the morning of June 30, 1908, an explosion over eastern Siberia flattened 770 square miles of forest. It’s believed that the explosion was the result […]

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Apple I: Function over Form

On this date in 1975, Steve Wozniak tested the first prototype of the Apple I computer. Here are some things you may not have known about the beginning of Apple. Steve Wozniak met Steve Jobs in 1971 while working during the summer at Hewlett-Packard. Wozniak, inspired by the first meeting of the Homebrew Computer Club, built the first Apple I […]

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Saxophone: A Bridge Between Woodwinds and Brass

On this date in 1846, Adolphe Sax patented the saxophone. Here are some things you may not have known about the instrument and its inventor. Adolphe Sax was born in Belgium in 1814. His parents were musical instrument designers who helped refine the design of the French horn. Sax himself made instruments at a young age, including two flutes and […]

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O Canada: The True North Strong and Free

On this date in 1880, ” O Canada ” was performed for the first time. Here are some things you may not have known about the Canadian national anthem. First: The lyrics were originally written in French to celebrate Saint Jean-Baptiste Day. A version in English was written in 1906, with more-popular lyrics written in 1908. The current lyrics were […]

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Title IX: Ensuring Equal Rights in Education

On this date in 1972, Title IX of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 was amended to prohibit sexual discrimination by educational programs receiving funds from the federal government. Here are some things you may not have known about Title IX. While Title IX is best known for its impact on sports programs at colleges and high schools, the […]

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Cuyahoga River: From Flames to Fish

On this date in 1969, the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio, caught fire. Here are some things you may not have known about what was once one of America’ most polluted waterways. The mouth of the Cuyahoga River is about 30 miles from its headwaters, but the river takes a U-shaped route of about 100 miles to travel that distance. […]

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Greenland: It’s Not As Big As You Think

On this date in 2009, Greenland assumed self-rule as an autonomous region of Denmark. Here are some things you may not have known about Greenland. Greenland is the largest island in the world. But it’s probably not  as big as you think. In the common Mercator map projection, the country appears to be about the same size as Africa. In […]

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Hotline: Linking Washington to Moscow Since 1963

On this date in 1963, the governments of the United States and the Soviet Union agreed to establish direct communication between Washington and Moscow. Here are some things you may not have known about the hotline. One inspiration for the hotline was the novel “Red Alert,” which dealt with a nuclear standoff between the two countries. During the The Cuban […]

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Iceland: A Northern Light

On this date in 1944, Iceland declared its independence from Denmark and became a republic. Here are some things you may not have known about Iceland. Iceland is located in the northern Atlantic Ocean, between Scandinavia and Greenland. The first permanent settler was Ingolfr Arnarson, who arrived on the island in 874. By 930, the Icelandic parliament was formed and […]

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