Today in History: Titanic found in 1985

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Today in History: Titanic found in 1985

On this day in 1985, a team of American and French researchers discovered the sunken wreck of the luxury liner RMS Titanic south-southeast of the coast of Newfoundland in a depth of 12,500 feet (3,800 m). Key to the discovery was a remotely controlled undersea vehicle called Argo which helped verify the ship’s identity with cameras and sonar. The Titanic sunk on April 15, 1912 after hitting an iceberg on her maiden voyage, resulting in the loss of more than 1,500 lives. The ship was the biggest and most luxurious liner of her day.

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History: The Great Moon Hoax

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Today in History: The Great Moon Hoax

On this day in 1835, the first in a series of six articles announcing the supposed discovery of life on the moon appeared in the New York Sun newspaper.

Known collectively as “The Great Moon Hoax,” the articles were supposedly reprinted from the Edinburgh Journal of Science. Sir John Herschel, a famous astronomer of the day, was said to have set up an observatory with a powerful new telescope in Capetown, South Africa in January 1834 through which he had found evidence of life forms on the moon, including such fantastic animals as unicorns, two-legged beavers and furry, winged humanoids resembling bats. The articles also offered a vivid description of the moon’s geography, complete with massive craters, enormous amethyst crystals, rushing rivers, and lush vegetation. The NY Sun was one of the new “penny press” papers that appealed to a wider audience with a cheaper price and a more narrative style of journalism. From the day the first moon hoax article was released, sales of the paper shot up considerably. The only problem was that none of it was true. Intended as satire, the articles were designed to poke fun at earlier, serious speculations about extraterrestrial life. Readers, however, failed to recognize it as satire. The craze over Herschel’s supposed discoveries even fooled a committee of Yale University scientists, who traveled to New York in search of the Edinburgh Journal articles. On September 16, 1835, the Sun admitted the articles had been a hoax. People were generally amused by the whole thing, and sales of the paper didn’t suffer. Source: history.com

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Today in History: Mata Hari

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Today in History: Mata Hari sentenced to death
On this day in 1917, the exotic dancer Mata Hari is sentenced to execution by firing squad by a French court for spying on Germany’s behalf during World War I.

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Today in History: Marilyn Monroe born in 1926

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Today in History: Marilyn Monroe born in 1926
Today is the birthday of American actress, model and sex-symbol, Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson). A supporting role in the film “The Asphalt Jungle” (1950) marked Monroe’s breakthrough in Hollywood. Films like “Niagara” (1953), “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1953), and “Some Like It Hot” (1959) made her to one of the most successful movie stars of the 1950s.Monroe was found dead from a drug overdose on August 5, 1962 in her home in Brentwood, California. She was 36 years old.

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Today in History: Marilyn Monroe sings Happy Birthday

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Today in History: Marilyn Monroe sings Happy Birthday

On this day in in 1962, Marilyn Monroe performed a rendition of “Happy Birthday” for President John F. Kennedy for his 45th birthday during a fund-raiser at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The two were believed to have been engaged in an affair. The dress she wore that night was noted for being sheer and flesh colored with 2500 rhinestones sewn into it and designed by Jean Louis. The dress sold in 1999 at auction in New York for over US$1.26 million.

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Today in History: Audrey Hepburn born in 1929

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Today in History: Audrey Hepburn born in 1929

On this day in 1929, screen legend Audrey Hepburn (born Audrey Kathleen Ruston) was born in Brussels, Belgium. The British film and fashion icon was one of Hollywood’s largest movie stars during the 1950s and 1960s. Hepburn shot to stardom through her Oscar-winning lead role in Roman Holiday in 1953. She went on to star in a number of successful films, such as Sabrina (1954), The Nun’s Story (1959), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), Charade (1963), My Fair Lady (1964) and Wait Until Dark (1967). Hepburn devoted much of her later life to UNICEF. She died of appendiceal cancer at her home in Switzerland at the age of 63. Source: wikipedia.org

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Today in History: First Rocket Launch in 1926

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Today in History: First Rocket Launch in 1926

The American Professor Robert Hutchings Goddard (1882-1945) is considered the founder of modern astronautics. He is credited with building and launching the world’s first functional, liquid fuel rocket on March 16, 1926. Its flight lasted only two and a half seconds but the rocket flew an impressive 56 yards.

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Today in History: King Kong Premiere in 1933

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Today in History: King Kong Premiere in 1933
The black and white movie marked a milestone in the history of film, especially due to Willis O’Brien’s stop-motion effects.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Today in History: Premiere of Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times in 1936

On this day in  1936, Charlie Chaplin’s “Modern Times” premiered in the United States. Chaplin himself wrote and directed the movie and starred as the main character. The film was banned in Germany and Italy for its alleged communist tendencies.

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