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This Day, That Year – September 25

The first transatlantic telephone cable went into operation on this day in 1956. Did you know that: • British physician Dr. Charles Drysdale warned against the use of tobacco in a letter to The Times newspaper on this day in 1878 – one of the earliest public health announcements on the dangers of smoking• Will […]...Read More

This Day, That Year – September 24

F. Scott Fitzgerald was an American novelist, essayist, short story, and screenwriter born on this day in 1896. Did you know that: • Henri Giffard, a French engineer, demonstrated the first engine-powered dirigible/airship flight with steam power on this day in 1852• Georges Claude, the French inventor of neon light, was born on this day […]...Read More

This Day, That Year – September 23

A twenty-one-year-old thief stole Jan Vermeer’s painting “The Love Letter” from The Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels on this day in 1971. Did you know that: • Richard Rhodes invented a hearing aid called the Audiphone on this day in 1879• John C. Sheehan, who invented a method for the synthesis of penicillin, was born on […]...Read More

This Day, That Year – September 22

Thomas (Tom) Andrew Felton is an English actor and musician born on this day in 1987. He is best known for his role as Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter series based on the fantasy novels by J. K. Rowling. Did you know that: • Michael Faraday, a British physicist and chemist best known for […]...Read More

This Day, That Year – September 21

Born on this day in 1947, Stephen King is an American author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, crime, science fiction, and fantasy novels. Did you know that: • Louis Paul Cailletet, a French physicist and inventor who was the first to liquefy oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, and air, was born on this day in 1832• Johann […]...Read More

This Day, That Year – September 20

Khabib Nurmagomedov is a Russian retired professional mixed martial artist born on this day in 1988. Did you know that: • George Simpson patented an electric range on this day in 1859• A patent was granted for “synthetic fiber” (nylon) to Wallace Carothers on this day in 1938• The Cryptographic Communications System & Method (RSA) […]...Read More

This Day, That Year – September 19

German tourists discovered Ötzi the Iceman, a mummy from 3,300 BCE, in the Italian alps on this day in 1991. Did you know that: • Melville Bissell patented a carpet sweeper on this day in 1876• James Van Alen, who invented the Simplified Scoring System for tennis, was born on this day in 1902• Jimmy […]...Read More

This Day, That Year – September 18

Charles Lewis Tiffany and John B. Young co-founded “stationery and fancy goods emporium” in New York City on this day in 1837, later renamed as “Tiffany & Co.” Did you know that: • US President George Washington laid down the cornerstone of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. on this day in 1793• New York […]...Read More

This Day, That Year – September 17

William Golding published “Lord of the Flies” by Faber and Faber in London on this day in 1954. Did you know that: • Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, a pioneer in rocket and space research, was born on this day in 1857• Elmer Sperry received a patent for the gyrocompass, essential to modern ship navigation on this day in […]...Read More

This Day, That Year – September 16

Lake Nyasa, which forms Malawi’s boundary with Tanzania & Mozambique, was discovered by British explorer David Livingstone on this day in 1859. Did you know that: • Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, a Hungarian physiologist who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for discovering vitamin C, was born on this day in 1893• Douglas Mawson, Edgeworth David, and […]...Read More

You too could own a pair of royal glasses!

Two pairs of 17th-century glasses that are believed to originally belonged to royals in the Mughal Empire are set to fetch millions at an auction next month. The jewel-encrusted spectacles feature lenses made from diamond and emerald rather than glass. The glasses were originally designed to help the wearer reach enlightenment and ward off evil, […]...Read More