Category Archives: Did you know?

1000

Did you know that on this day in 1969, Association football player Pelé scored his 1,000th goal?

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Ring Ring!

Did you know that on this day in 1963, the first push-button telephone went into service, eventually replacing the original turn-dial telephone?

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Be quiet in the library!

On this day in 1602, the Bodleian Library at Oxford University was officially opened. The Bodleian Library is the main research library of the University of Oxford, and is one of the oldest libraries in Europe. With over 12 million items, it is the second-largest library … Continue reading

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Bonfire Night

After Queen Elizabeth I died in 1603, English Catholics who had been persecuted under her rule had hoped that her successor, James I, would be more tolerant of their religion. James I had, after all, had a Catholic mother. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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Double Did you know?

On this day in 1922, Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in Egypt AND In 2008, Barack Obama became the first African-American to be elected President of the United States.

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It’s Official

On this day in 1983, U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs a bill creating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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Happy Halloween

The word Halloween or Hallowe’en dates to about 1745 and is of Christian origin. The word “Hallowe’en” means “hallowed evening” or “holy evening”. It comes from a Scottish term for All Hallows’ Eve (the evening before All Hallows’ Day). In Scots, the … Continue reading

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Did you know?

Did you know the fastest wind speed ever recorded is 484±32 km/h (301±20 mph). This was a 3 second gust recorded by a Doppler on Wheels (DOW) radar unit in Oklahoma City on May 3, 1999?

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Did you know?

Did you know that on this day in 1938, DuPont announced its new synthetic polyamide fibre will be called “nylon”?

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Peace

On this day in 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize.

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