Today in History: Hawaii joined the United States in 1959

Today in History: Hawaii joined the United States in 1959

59 years ago today, Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States of America

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Today is National Radio Day

Today is National Radio Day

Each year on August 20th, National Radio Day recognizes the invention of the radio. Wireless communication started developing during the 19th century. Commercial broadcasts began in the 1920s and the radio quickly became an important mass medium for news and entertainment.

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Today in History: Patent for the Zipper in 1893

Whitcomb Judson patented and introduced the first modern “zipper” at the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893. He had improved upon an earlier idea dating back to 1851 and began to market what he called a “Clasp Locker” (a fastener for shoes). Supposedly, Judson made created his zipper for a friend who had problems with his back (from bending down to tie his shoes).

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Today is World Photography Day

Today is World Photography Day

The Daguerreotype and its photographic process developed by Joseph Nicephore Niepce and Louis Daguerre originated in France in 1837.

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Today in History: Madonna born in 1958

Today in History: Madonna born in 1958

Happy Birthday, Madonna. The “Queen of Pop” is turning 60 today.

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Today in History: Woodstock Music Festival in 1969

49 years ago today, the Woodstock Music Festival opened in the small town of Bethal in upstate New York. Planned as a small event on a patch of farmland, the pop and rock festival went down in history: almost half a million rock fans came to Woodstock to celebrate “Three Days of Peace and Music.”

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Today is World Elephant Day

Today is World Elephant Day

They might be wildlife icons, but, sadly, elephants are in crisis. World Elephant Day is a chance to show our love and support for these much-loved giants and raise awareness of the threats to their future in both Africa and Asia, ranging from ivory poachers and traffickers to loss of habitat. The occasion was founded by the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation, based in Thailand, working together with Canadian film-maker Patricia Sims. The launch of this international initiative in 2012 saw the release of the documentary film ‘Return to the Forest’, narrated by Star Trek legend William Shatner. The ideal way to mark the day is to donate to a charity helping elephants or organise an event in aid of these beautiful but threatened beasts. You could also watch a wildlife film about elephants or sign a petition to raise awareness. (source: http://www.daysoftheyear.com)

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