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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NASDAQ: Taking Stock of its History

On this date in 1971, trading began on the NASDAQ stock market. Here are some things you may not have known about what is now the second-largest stock exchange in the world. Originally, NASDAQ was an acronym that stood for “National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations.” It was the first electronic stock market, but served only a quotation system, […]

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Bananas: America’s Second Most Popular Fruit

Apropos of nothing, we’re going bananas today. Here are some things you may not have known about the second most popular fresh fruit in America. Bananas are technically berries which grow on large herbaceous plants, not trees. Herbs differ from trees in that they have no persistent woody stem above ground. The species of banana that is most popular today […]

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Queen Elizabeth II: Reigning for 65 Years

On this date in 1952, Elizabeth II became queen regnant of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms when her father, George VI, died. Here are some things you may not have known about Queen Elizabeth II. She was born by cesarean section on April 21, 1926, at her maternal grandfather’s home in Mayfair, London. Her full name, Elizabeth Alexandra […]

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Wedding Rings: A Long History

  Today is unofficially National Wedding Ring Day in the United States. Here are some things you may not have known about wedding rings. Experts believe the tradition of exchanging rings during a wedding dates back to ancient Egypt. Evidence shows braided rings of hemp and reeds were exchanged by marrying couples. Ancient Egyptians saw the circle as a symbol […]

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Oxford English Dictionary

Today is the 133rd anniversary of the publication of the first volume of the Oxford English Dictionary. Here are some things you may not have known about the dictionary. It’s a descriptive dictionary, meaning it describes word usage and variations. Descriptivism is the opposite of prescriptivism, which aims to establish a standard of usage. The dictionary also shows the historical […]

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