Today in History: Titanic found in 1985

Today in History: Titanic found in 1985

34 years ago on this day, 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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Today in History: The Great Moon Hoax

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: The Man on the Moon

Today in History: The Man on the Moon

50 years ago today, 240,000 miles (380,000 km) away from Earth, at precisely 10:56 pm (EDT), during one of the most widely-viewed live broadcasts in television history, American astronaut, Neil Armstrong, became the first human to walk on the moon and spoke to more than a billion people on Earth: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

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Today in History: Max Schmeling beats Joe Lewis in 1936

Today in History: Max Schmeling beats Joe Lewis in 1936

Surprise? Sensation? 83 years ago today, famed former world champion Max Schmeling beat the previously undefeated American heavyweight Joe Louis by a knockout in round twelve at sold-out Yankee Stadium in New York. Schmeling became the new world heavyweight champion but would lose the title again to Louis only two years later in the one and only rematch.

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Today in History: Marilyn Monroe born in 1926

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: First Rocket Launch in 1926

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

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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