This Day, That Year – December 14

This Day, That Year – December 14

The first military academy in the world, the Theresian Military Academy, was founded in Austria on this day in 1751.

Did you know that:

• Artificial pearls made of gypsum pellets covered with fish scales were first manufactured by M. Jacquin in Paris on this day in 1656
• David Wilkinson patented a nut & bolt machine on this day in 1798
• Vanessa Hudgens is an American actress and singer born on this day in 1988

Zoya Siddiqui

Zoya is a fledgling journalist with a natural penchant for wordsmithery and a soft corner for environment and wildlife. A literature student, she contributes articles on history, environment and latest fads.

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